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UFC 215: Gilbert Melendez drops down to 145 to face Jeremy Stephens

Gilbert Melendez (22-6-0), a former Strikeforce lightweight champion and UFC lightweight contender will make his featherweight debut at UFC 215 in Edmonton against Jeremy Stephens (25-14-0).

The UFC announced the matchup July 6.

The 35-year-old Melendez ruled Strikeforce, suffering a single loss to Josh Thomson before moving to the UFC. After suffering a narrow split-decision to then UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson in 2013, Sanchez rebounded with a decision over Diego Sanchez. Losses to Anthony Pettis, Eddie Alvarez and Edson Barboza prompted the decision to move to 145 pounds.

https://twitter.com/GilbertMelendez/status/881294674958397440

Stephens is also trying to rebound from decision losses to Frankie Edgar and Renato Carniero.

UFC 215 is scheduled for Sept. 9 at the Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta.

Heavyweights Francis Ngannou and Junior dos Santos collide in the main event.

The current card includes:

Francis Ngannou (10-1-0) vs Junior dos Santos (18-5-0)

Gilbert Melendez (22-6-0) vs Jeremy Stephens (25-14-0)

Henry Cejudo (10-2-0) vs Wilson Reis (22-7-0)

Ilir Latifi (12-5-0) vs Tyson Pedro (8-0-0)

Gavin Tucker (10-0-0) vs Rick Glenn (19-4-1)

Ashlee Evans-Smith (5-2-0) vs Sarah Moras (4-2-0)

Luis Henrique Barbosa de Oliveira (10-3-0) vs Arjan Bhullar (6-0-0)

More bouts are expected to be announced.

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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