Cameron Saaiman Gets Steven Koslow After Ronnie Lawrence Drops Off UFC 282

Cameron Saaiman makes his debut at UFC 282 following a won on DWCS
Cameron Saaiman, Dana White's Contender Series 51 weigh-in Credit: Alex Behunin/Cageside Press

Cameron Saaiman has a new opponent for UFC 282 on December 10.

Just over a week out from the fight, Saaiman (6-0) will now face Steven Koslow (6-0) at the final numbered UFC event of 2022, set to take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Saaiman confirmed the news on social media following an initial report by MMA Junkie.

A second fight may come during the introductions for the bantamweight bout, as Koslow goes by the nickname “Obi Won Shinobi the Pillow,” for reasons that will hopefully become clearer sometime during Fight Week. “The Pillow” is reportedly a reference to Koslow’s submission skills, but most people go with one nickname, not two or three.

Good luck, Bruce Buffer.

Both fighters are undefeated through their brief professional careers. Saaiman, a South African who held gold for EFC, was a big winner on Dana White’s Contender Series this year. Koslow, stepping in on short notice, had a solid amateur stint before turning pro in 2019.

UFC 282 will be headlined by Jan Blachowicz vs. Magomed Ankalaev, with the newly vacant UFC light heavyweight championship on the line. The following match-ups have been reported for the December 10 card:

  • Jan Błachowicz vs. Magomed Ankalaev – for the vacant UFC light heavyweight championship
  • Paddy Pimblett vs. Jared Gordon
  • Robbie Lawler vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio
  • Darren Till vs. Dricus du Plessis
  • Bryce Mitchell vs. Ilia Topuria
  • Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs. Chris Daukaus
  • Raul Rosas Jr. vs. Jay Perrin
  • Edmen Shahbazyan vs. Dalcha Lungiambula
  • Chris Curtis vs. Joaquin Buckley
  • Billy Quarantillo vs. Alexander Hernandez
  • T.J. Brown vs. Erik Silva
  • Vinicius Salvador vs. Daniel da Silva
  • Ovince Saint Preux vs. Antonio Trocoli
  • Cameron Saaiman vs. Steven Koslow