‘The Crank’ gears up for UFC 263

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Frank “The Crank” as he trains for the Ultimate Fighting Championship 263 Figueiredo vs Moreno 2 on June 12. (Contributed Photo)

Frank “The Crank” Camacho is buckling down on his training and is confident he will be ready to “crank it up” when he returns to the octagon cage as one of the undercards for Ultimate Fighting Championship 263 Figueiredo vs Moreno 2 on June 12.

In a short interview with Camacho, he reports that he’s about four to five weeks into his training camp that will last a total of eight weeks leading up to the fight on June 12.

When asked about what he is working on in terms of his training, Camacho said the focus is focus.

“The focus of this camp is focus. Focusing at the task at hand, focusing on details of camp, focusing on details, on strategy of the fight, and really focusing on the stuff I can control like training hard, nutrition, and technique,” he said.

Camacho said he is confident that on fight night, he will be 100% ready to “crank it up.”

“I would like to give a special shout-out to my wife and family for holding down the Crank Fort. I miss everyone back home and I can’t wait to be in Saipan after the fight. Biba Marianas,” said Camacho.

Camacho’s foe for the June 12 fight is Matt “The Steamrolla” Frevola, who incidentally is the same fighter paired against the Team Oyama standout in the UFC Fight Night 173 in Las Vegas about a year ago before the former was pulled out from the schedule the last minute after his cornerman was tested positive for COVID-19.

Nearly three months after missing the chance to challenge Frevola, it was Camacho’s turn to withdraw from his duel against Brok “Chata Tuska” Weaver in the UFC Fight Night 177 after contracting the same virus.

With both fighters eager to return to the eight sides, Camacho is expecting a brawl in the three-round bout against Frevola.

The Marianas pride holds a 22-9 record and dropped his last two UFC bouts—bowing to Beneil Dariush in UFC Fight Night 162 last Oct. 26, 2019 via submission (rear-naked choke) and Justine Jaynes (via TKO), who replaced Frevola in the UFC on ESPN 11 that took place last June 20, 2020 in Las Vegas.

Kimberly B. Esmores | Reporter
Kimberly Albiso Bautista has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at kimberly_bautista@saipantribune.com.

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