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

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

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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