‘Crank’ aims to earn slot in UFC Korea


Frank “The Crank” Camacho is aiming to earn a spot in one of the undercard fights when the Ultimate Fighting Championships hold its first event in South Korea later this year.

Camacho said fighting and representing the Marianas in the UFC has been his dream and ultimate goal.

“That has been my goal. Fight in the UFC and represent the people of the Marianas. It’s hinged on different opportunities that will be presented to me,” said Camacho, who last week scored a knockout win against Japan’s Miura Yasuaki in Rites of Passage 18: Warpath.

UFC, which is based in the United States, has already organized fight events in the Philippines and Singapore. UFC officials are planning to hold a fight this December in South Korea.

Dana White serves as UFC president and it has already organized more than 250 fights since the first event was held on Nov. 12, 1993 in Denver, Colorado.

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Camacho (16-3 with 12 knockouts) said that he is currently ranked second as a welterweight and third as a lightweight in Southeast Asia.

He added that he still has a lot to work on for him to reach his goal and fighting in the UFC would be a great learning experience for him.

“I know I need to shape up and work on certain areas with my fighting skills. I will work harder to reach my goals this 2015,” he said.

Camacho said that his last loss against Japanese Yusuke Kasuya in the Pacific Xtreme Combat 47 last March in Guam taught him a big lesson, that’s why beating Yasuaki was an emotional win for him.

“That loss was a humbling experience for me that’s why this fight against Miura is an emotional one for me. It will gauge my skills on what more I could offer and how would I bounce back after a loss,” Camacho added.

And Camacho bounced back big time as he only needed 34 seconds to complete the KO win over Yasuaki,

“I always want to challenge myself of what more I could bring in a fight, especially after coming off a loss,” said Camacho after his win against Yasuaki.

“I’ve set my goals in my MMA career this 2015. But it is not up to me. It all depends on the different opportunities that will be presented to me. All I need is to stay focused with my goals.”

Jon Perez | Reporter
Jon Perez began his writing career as a sports reporter in the Philippines where he has covered local and international events. He became a news writer when he joined media network ABS-CBN. He joined the weekly DAWN, University of the East’s student newspaper, while in college.

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