Gilbert Melendez will move down to featherweight at UFC 215 to meet Jeremy Stephens in Edmonton.
UFC 215 will be held on September 9, 2017, at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta.
The UFC announced the bout late last night.
Following a ‘Fight of the Night’ unanimous decision win over Renan Barão at UFC Fight Night: Almeida vs. Garbrandt, Stephens has lost two straight. A unanimous decision loss to Frankie Edgar at UFC 205 was followed by a split decision loss to Renato Moicano at UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Reis.
Following a unanimous decision ‘Fight of the Night’ win over Diego Sanchez at UFC 166, Melendez has lost three straight prompting a move to 155lbs. Losses to Anthony Pettis, Eddie Alvarez, and Edson Barboza has El Niño needing a win badly in Edmonton.
With this announcement, UFC 215 now looks like this:
Demetrious Johnson (c) vs. Ray Borg for the UFC flyweight title
Amanda Nunes (c) vs. Valentina Shevchenko for the UFC women’s featherweight title
Junior dos Santos vs. Francis Ngannou
Jeremy Stephens vs. Gilbert Melendez
Neil Magny vs. Rafael dos Anjos
Sara McMann vs. Ketlen Vieira
Ilir Latifi vs. Tyson Pedro
Henry Cejudo vs. Wilson Reis
Gavin Tucker vs. Rick Glenn
Luis Henrique vs. Arjan Bhullar
Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Sarah Moras
Kajan Johnson vs. Adriano Martins
Mitch Clarke vs. Alex White