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Cameron Saaiman vs. Payton Talbott Added to UFC on ESPN 53 Card

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A clash between two promising bantamweight prospects has been added
to March 23’s UFC on ESPN 53, which is set to go down at the
Apex in Las Vegas.

Payton
Talbott (7-0) is gearing up to face South Africa’s Cameron
Saaiman (9-1) for his sophomore appearance in the Las
Vegas-based promotion. The news was first reported by MMA Fighting.

Undefeated as a professional, Talbott earned his
Ultimate Fighting Championship contract thanks to a unanimous
decision victory against Reyes
Cortez Jr. in an appearance on
Dana White’s Contender Series in August 2023. The 25-year-old
will enter the Octagon against Saaiman on the back of a Round 3
submission victory against Nick
Aguirre in his promotional debut back in November.

Meanwhile, Saaiman will look to return to winning ways against
Talbott after having his nine-fight undefeated streak snapped
following a unanimous decision loss to Christian
Rodriguez at
UFC Fight Night 230 in October. Prior to his first professional
loss, the DWCS alum was on a three-fight tear in the promotion,
which included two finishes against the likes of Steven
Koslow and Terrence
Mitchell.

UFC on ESPN 53 will be headlined by a women’s flyweight matchup
pitting No. 8-ranked Amanda
Ribas against former strawweight queen Rose
Namajunas.

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