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Nikolas Motta to fight newcomer Cameron VanCamp at UFC Vegas 37 after Jim Miller withdrawal

Nikolas Motta
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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)

Anthony Smith vs. Ryan Spann

Ion Cutelaba vs. Devin Clark

Nikolas Motta vs. Cameron VanCamp

Ariane Lipski vs. Mandy Bohm

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

Nate Maness vs. Tony Gravely

Dakota Bush vs. Rong Zhu

Montel Jackson vs. JP Buys

Erin Blanchfield vs. Sarah Alpar

Impa Kasanganay vs. Carlston Harris

Gustavo Lopez vs. Heili Alateng

Emily Whitmire vs. Hannah Goldy

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