‘The Crank’ to see action in ROP 18


Frank “The Crank” Camacho is hoping to redeem himself from his loss in last month’s Pacific Xtreme Combat 47 when he takes on Deep Impact Japan fighter Yoshiyuki “Nagisa” Katahira in Rights of Passage 18: Warpath, which has been pushed back to May.

ROP 18 is set on May 15 at 7pm at the Saipan World Resort where the Camacho-Katahira fight is the main headliner. Two title matches are also scheduled aside from 10 to 12 undercard bouts.

Camacho (15-3, with 11 knockouts) suffered a first round loss via rear-naked choke submission to Japanese shooto champion Yusuke Kasuya (9-2-1) in Guam’s PXC 47

Katahira is also coming off a loss to Keita Nakamura by rear-naked choke submission in Deep Impact 71 on Feb. 28, 2015.

Guam’s Jose “Young Blood” Ramirez (1-1), who defeated the CNMI’s Vince “Vinsanity” Pua (2-3) in Trench Warz 18: Rock and Rumble last year, will face Eric “Gatti” Gatman (2-0) for the 155-pound lightweight belt.

Ramirez was about to fight Ryan “Da Predator” Toves (2-3) in Trench Warz 18 last December, but the HBP Guam fighter pulled out due to health reasons.

Gatman is fresh from a second-round triangle choke submission win against the CNMI’s “Shiska” Bob Alvarez, who was making his MMA debut in Trench Warz 18 last Dec. 12, 2014.

Shane “Pikaboo” Alvarez, another Trench Tech fighter, will vie for the vacant 125-lb title against a still undetermined opponent.

The flyweight belt was vacated after it was stripped from Josh “Chaos” Duenas (4-5) following the former champion’s failure to defend his title for not making weight.

ROP 18 was originally set on April 24 but was pushed back to May 15 at the Saipan World Resort to give Trench Tech Promotions more time to organize the event after two of their sponsors pulled out.

Trench Tech promoter Cuki Alvarez said Hertz, IT&E, and Mango Resort are now on board as their new sponsors.

He also said that interested mixed martial arts practitioners who want to join ROP 18 could reach him at 483-4662 or on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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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