Nikolas Motta will face a fellow debutant this Saturday instead of the promotion’s most veteran fighter.
On Friday, Jim Miller—the record holder for the most fights in UFC history—announced his withdrawal from a lightweight bout opposite Motta at the upcoming UFC Vegas 37 event after testing positive for COVID-19. Stepping in for Miller is newcomer Cameron VanCamp (15-5-1, 1 NC).
MMA DNA was first to report the replacement. Motta and VanCamp have since confirmed the news via social media.
Motta (12-3) also makes his UFC debut after winning a contract on Dana White’s Contender Series last November with a unanimous decision win over Joseph Lowry. He has won three straight and five of his past six, including a vacant lightweight title win at Cage Fury Fighting Championships 79. Motta was also a cast member on the fourth season of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil.
VanCamp enters Saturday’s event on a four-fight win streak competing for four different promotions. He has finished his past three opponents, with submissions in under 90 seconds in his past two outings.
See the updated UFC Vegas 37 card below:
Main Card (ESPN+, 7 p.m. ET)
Nikolas Motta vs. Cameron VanCamp
Arman Tsarukyan vs. Christos Giagos
Joaquin Buckley vs. Antonio Arroyo
Preliminaries (ESPN+, 4 p.m. ET)
Mike Rodriguez vs. Tafon Nchukwi
Pannie Kianzad vs. Raquel Pennington
Dakota Bush vs. Rong Zhu
Erin Blanchfield vs. Sarah Alpar
Impa Kasanganay vs. Carlston Harris
Gustavo Lopez vs. Heili Alateng