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The curtain jerker comes in the Lightweight division, as Nikolas Motta takes on Cameron VanCamp. Coming off an unsuccessful UFC debut against Jim Miller, Motta will look to his second appearance to taste UFC victory. Previous to the loss, the Brazilian had won three straight. Meanwhile, VanCamp too is coming off an unsuccessful UFC debut. Which he took on short notice and up a weight class. Now with a full camp behind the American, perhaps we see the best of VanCamp.
Out of thirty eight fights combined, only ten have seen the scorecards. In other words, this fight will likely end inside the distance. Boasting hand speed, aggression, cardio and power, Motta is offensively potent. However, defensively, not so much. With an iffy chin and takedown defense, Motta can be hard to trust. The same could be said about VanCamp, who has the wrestling to make this fight interesting. Yet, it’s hard to ignore that he’s coming off a knockout defeat and three years ago, was defeated by a 40-year old Bobby Voelker. While neither is particularly trustworthy, Motta is talented despite his defensive decencies. And in this fight, that talent will shine through, as I predict that Motta wins via knockout.