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


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.

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

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

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