Despite his recent UFC setback, Cameron Saaiman remains one of the fastest rising stars in MMA.
Cameron Saaiman ‘The future’
He became interested in the sport due to a coincidence that saw his father working for Carnival City.
Saaiman’s father brought him to some EFC fight nights at Carnival City and he immediately became interested in cage-fighting.
“My father actually worked for Carnival City, which hosted the EFC events — the local events here in South Africa,” Cameron Saaiman told ESPN.
“He was a project manager there and I actually just happened to be there with him at his work and that’s basically how I fell in love with the sport. I watched a few fights and then I went to my father and told him: ‘I want to do this. This is really cool.’
“As a 12-year-old kid, you can get tired of many sports. I did skateboarding for about a week and a half before stopping that, so I really jumped around doing a lot of sports, but this one really stuck.”
The stamp of approval
Saaiman says that being highly rated by the boss motivates him to do well in the UFC.
“It’s an absolute compliment and it’s an honour to be called that by the boss man himself.
“If anything, I think it added a lot of motivation. Since I started as a professional, I turned pro when I was 18 and there was a lot of criticism because of that and I had to prove myself every single time.
What next for MSP?
Recovering from injury is the first thing on Saaiman’s agenda after he got banged up in his loss to Christian Rodriguez.
The bout was fought at catchweight as Rodriguez came in four pounds off making the Bantamweight limit.