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Renan Barao moves up to 145 pounds, meets Jeremy Stephens at UFC Fight Night 88

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Renan Barao has decided to move up to the featherweight division, and will make his 145-pound debut against Jeremy Stephens on May 29, multiple sources confirmed with MMA Fighting on Thursday.

Combate was the first to report the news. The UFC has yet to make a formal announcement.

UFC Fight Night 88 is scheduled for May 29, but the promotion has yet to announce a location and venue for the event.

Barao (33-3, 1 NC) racked up a 10-2 record as a bantamweight under the UFC and WEC banner, defeating the likes of Urijah Faber (twice), Eddie Wineland and Michael McDonald before losing the UFC 135-pound title to T.J. Dillashaw.

Stephens (24-12) has his back against the wall after losing three of his last four fights, dropping to 4-3 since moving from lightweight to featherweight. “Lil’ Heathen” holds an 11-11 UFC record, including a knockout win over current lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos.

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