Melendez (22-6) made the decision to drop down to featherweight after losing three consecutive fights to Anthony Pettis, Eddie Alvarez and Edson Barboza. The 35 year old will be hoping that a challenge in a new division will rejuvenate his career. ‘El Nino’ hold victories over fighters such as Josh Thomson, Jorge Masvidal, Tatsuya Kawajiri, Shinya Aoki and Clay Guida, but his memorable moment was his UFC 166 encounter with Diego Sanchez, where Melendez walked away with the decision victory after a three round war.
Like Melendez, Stephens will be hoping to halt his own losing skid after back-to-back defeats to Frankie Edgar and Renato Moicano. Stephens (25-14) has been with the UFC since 2007 and holds victories over fighters such as Rafael Dos Anjos, Renan Barao, Darren Elkins and Sam Stout. The 31 year old will be hoping a victory over the legendary Melendez will catapult him back into title contention.
This should be an exciting featherweight match-up, as both men are known for their entertaining fights and solid boxing skills. And with both fighters needing a win, you can be sure that you will witness a great encounter.