Yo I’m in the @ufc— Cameron VanCamp (@cameronvancamp) September 11, 2021
Nikolas Motta has a new opponent for this Saturday, and instead of the UFC’s all-time leader in appearances, he will now be facing a fellow Octagon debutant.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship had to bring in a short-notice replacement to keep “Iron Motta” on the upcoming UFC Fight Night 192 card following Jim Miller’s withdrawal after testing positive for Covid-19. On Saturday, MMA DNA first reported that promotional newcomer Cameron VanCamp is taking the beloved veteran’s place in the lightweight affair. Both VanCamp and Motta confirmed the news on their social media.
Dana White's Contender Series alum Motta (12-3, 0-0 UFC) picked up his UFC contract after outstriking and outmatching Joseph Lowry in the 2020 season. The onetime Cage Fury Fighting Championships titleholder will walk out on a three-bout winning streak. In addition to the victory over Lowry, the 28-year-old Brazilian rendered Cesar Balmaceda unconscious with a punch at CFFC 77 before capturing the vacant 155-pound championship at the expense of Juan Gonzalez in the CFFC 79 headliner.
VanCamp (13-5-1 1 NC, 0-0 UFC) is making his promotional debut after scoring four back-to-back victories. “The Invader” has rattled a series of promotional titles on the U.S. regional scene, competing mainly in the welterweight division. In his latest cage appearances, the Indy Boxing & Grappling submission wizard forced Craig Eckleberg, Hawraz Syan, and Kenny Gaudreau to tap, with the only exception of Daniel Stittgen losing a decision to the 28-year-old from Indiana.
UFC Fight Night 192 will take place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on Sept. 18. Anthony Smith and Ryan Spann will lock horns in the light heavyweight headliner while Ion Cutelaba clashes with Devin Clark in the 205-pound co-main event.