Nikolas Motta vs. Cameron VanCamp Pulled From UFC Fight Night 192 Due to Injury

By Jay Pettry Sep 17, 2021

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The upcoming UFC Fight Night 192 event will no longer be tying the record for the most bouts in company history.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced on Thursday night that the lightweight matchup between Nikolas Motta (12-3) and Cameron VanCamp (15-5-1, 1 NC) has been canceled due to an undisclosed injury to one of the fighters. The two were paired together on Saturday, with VanCamp announcing on Twitter that he was a member of the UFC. Their Sept. 18 meeting inside the UFC Apex will have to wait, although it has not been determined if the matchup will be preserved.

Motta, who was previously linked to a battle with Jim Miller, went from potentially facing the most experienced fighter on the roster to a fellow newcomer in VanCamp. The man nicknamed “Iron Motta” had racked up three wins since a knockout defeat to Robert Hale in 2018, with a one-punch demolition of Cesar Balmaceda catapulting him into Cage Fury Fighting Championships title contention. After winning the belt against Juan Gonzalez, Motta was picked for the 2020 season of Dana White's Contender Series, and a victory against Joseph Lowry led to his signing.

VanCamp, a submission artist by trade, did not rise up through DWCS or a standard feeder league to get his call up to the major stage. Instead, four regional wins including three consecutive submissions earned him a short-notice opportunity against Motta. In his career that started in 2014, the Indiana native sometimes known as “The Invader” posts a finish rate of 87 percent, with nine of his last 10 victories coming inside the distance.

UFC Fight Night 192 will trudge on with 14 fights, going down inside the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on Sept. 18. The headliner comes at light heavyweight between ex-title challenger Anthony Smith and rising star Ryan Spann. The co-main event also is a 205-pound battle, when Ion Cutelaba comes to blows with Devin Clark.

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