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Jeremy Stephens Scores His 12th Octagon Victory Over Former UFC Champion

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Renan Barao decided bantamweight was no longer for him.

Jeremy Stephens doesn’t think featherweight is the right fit, either.

Stephens earned a decision over the former UFC champion Sunday night at UFC Fight Night 88, denying Barao in his debut at 145 pounds.

“Barao’s a true champion, but I am here to take (the win),” Stephens said. “Hat’s off to him, but I don’t think he should be here at 145 pounds.”

For Stephens (25-12), the win was his 12th inside the Octagon. He is now 5-3 over his last eight, with all three defeats being via decision.

“It feels amazing,” he said. “I am just so happy and blessed.”

Barao, who carried a 32-1 record with one no-contest into a 2014 title defense vs. T.J. Dillashaw, is just 1-3 over his last four.