Octagon Oracles: Cameron VanCamp

Grade: C+

Originally scheduled to face Nikolas Motta last September, veteran welterweight Cameron VanCamp will now make his promotional debut at UFC 274 against Andre Fialho.

Currently riding a four-fight win streak that includes three straight submissions, “The Invader” has earned stoppage victories in thirteen of his fifteen career wins. The majority of those stoppages have come via submission, and on the feet VanCamp largely focuses on backing opponents to the fence so he can work from the clinch or take things to the canvas. He’s happy to stand and trade but doesn’t move his head much and tends to get hit a lot in exchanges, although when he walks forward throwing 1-2’s he hits hard enough to trouble the opposition and get them to that preferred area on the fence. The Indiana native also has a habit of looking for flying knee attempts a little bit too often, but sometimes this does allow him to close the distance and get to the clinch.

Once he’s on the ground, VanCamp will actively look to pass his opponent’s guard and get into mount to land ground and pound. While he’s had difficulty maintaining the position in some of his bouts, “The Invader” is just as comfortable taking an opponent’s back and hunting for a rear-naked choke if they turn to try and work back to their feet. If he ends up on the bottom VanCamp has a fairly active guard and likes to hunt for submissions, but he has shown a tendency to put himself in worse positions if he gets too reckless. In his bouts with Bobby Voelker and Dan Stittgen, VanCamp’s attempts to throw his legs up from the bottom allowed both Voelker and Stittgen to easily pass into side control.

VanCamp is a great example of a fighter that’s paid his dues before finally getting a UFC opportunity. He’s fought across a number of regional promotions since his pro debut in 2015, and while he’s come up short in some of those outings he’s captured a number of regional titles along the way. The overall level of competition he’s faced hasn’t always been the highest; his losses have mainly come to opponents that either previously competed at a high level (his most recent loss was to Strikeforce and UFC veteran Bobby Voelker) or would go on to compete for top promotions (Austin Hubbard and Nick Browne) later in their careers.

VanCamp will be thrown straight into the fire against fellow veteran Andre Fialho, who is coming off an impressive stoppage of Miguel Baeza less than a month ago and is 1-1 in the UFC after making his own debut earlier this year. “The Invader” will always be a threat to grab an opportunistic submission in his fights, but the lack of striking defense and difficulty with maintaining control on the ground will likely limit how well he performs in the UFC.

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