Jeremy Stephens drops to featherweight, meets Estevan Payan at UFC 160 on May 25 in Las Vegas

Rafael Suanes-US PRESSWIRE

"Lil' Heathen" will test his heavy hands in the featherweight division, welcoming Strikeforce import Estevan Payan to the Octagon at UFC 160 on May 25, 2013.

After dropping three consecutive fights in the lightweight division, Jeremy Stephens plans to shed 10 pounds and hit up the featherweight division in search of an elusive win.

"Lil Heathen" will welcome Strikeforce import Estevan Payan -- who will make the drop back down to 145 pounds himself after competing twice at 155 pounds for the now extinct mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion -- at UFC 160, which takes place at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 25, 2013.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) recently brought word of the fight (via MMA Weekly).

Stephens, who has seen better days, will look to hold on to a coveted spot on the promotion's roster after a bad stretch -- during which he lost 155-pound to Anthony Pettis, Donald Cerrone and Yves Edwards -- as featherweight for the first time in his career.

In addition to his recent rough road inside the Octagon, Stephens was troubled with legal issues that forced him out of his scheduled fight against Edwards at UFC on FX 5.

Payan, meanwhile, is currently riding high, carrying with him a seven-fight win streak with his last loss coming 3.5 years ago. "El Terrible" has made his rounds on the MMA fight scene, competing for Bellator, Strikeforce, Cage Rage and Shark Fights before getting his shot in the big show.

A win over a wily veteran like Stephens keeps him there, while a loss for "Lil Heathen" likely earns him his walking papers.

UFC 160 will feature a heavyweight title fight as Cain Velasquez looks to defend his strap against Antonio Silva, while Alistair Overeem and Junior dos Santos search for a much-needed win at each others' expense when the two hard-hitting big men meet in the co-main event of the evening.

The Memorial Day weekend event will also serve host to an intriguing lightweight showdown between Donald Cerrone and K.J. Noons, while Glover Teixeira makes his Octagon return against Ryan Bader in a light heavyweight showdown.

For the latest and greatest UFC 160 news and notes be sure to check out our complete event archive right here.

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