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Interview with Frank Camacho ahead of UFC Fight Night: Waterson vs. Hill

The UFC is coming in thick and fast with these consistent fight cards every Saturday from the Apex. The UFC Apex will host a total of 15 bouts. Headlining the card will be Women’s Strawweight’s Michelle Waterson & Angela Hill. I had the pleasure of catching up with Lightweight Frank Camacho ahead of his scheduled three-round bout with Brock Weaver. 

Frank “The Crank” Camacho

Frank Camacho (22-9) looks to right the wrong after falling victim to a round 1 KO to Justin Jaynes last month. The UFC matchmakers haven’t done Camacho any favors since joining the promotion in 2017. Matching the 31-year old up with names such as Drew DoberGeoff Neal, and Beneil Dariush has seen the Lightweight struggle to grasp any real momentum. Failing to win in his last two outings, his UFC career could potentially be at risk. I strongly believe it’s kill or be killed on Saturday for Camacho. This could be the best version we see yet. 

Brock “Chata Tuska” Weaver

Brok Weaver (15-5) like his opponent is also coming off a loss. Weaver’s last outing in May seen him caught in a rear-naked choke by Roosevelt Roberts, snapping his four-fight winning streak. Saturday night will mark his third official bout under the promotion after being awarded a contract on ‘Dana Whites Contender Series’. Weaver has shown previously he’s not one to be finished easily, and going the full 15-minutes is no issue.

Interview

How has life been for Frank Camacho amongst all the madness of the global pandemic? Have you been able to train as best you can, or has your normal schedule been affected? 

Camacho – “After the first wave of the lockdown, I have been able to train regularly in sort of an MMA training bubble. We try to be very careful and stay tight-knit as much as possible to avoid the spread of COVID.”

Losing your last two matchups, do you feel under any pressure ahead of your bout v Weaver?

Camacho – “I would be lying if there was no pressure. There is pressure. Focusing on what I can control like training, nutrition, and recovery has been a huge focus of this camp.”

The UFC has been tough to you matching you up with some real killers since joining. How important is it for you to get a win on Saturday night and try to get some momentum behind you?

Camacho – “Very important, so I can continue to climb the ranks and continue to showcase THE CRANK to all the fight fans out there.”

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – JUNE 01: (L-R) Frank Camacho kicks Nick Hein of Germany in their lightweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Ericsson Globe on June 1, 2019 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

What’s the reasoning for jumping straight back in there a month later after suffering from a tough loss. Many athletes like to give their brain a rest, is it to right the wrong, or is that just the character of Frank Camacho?

Camacho – “I feel good. I got cleared by doctors. Take the right steps and protocol for recovery. It was a bad TKO, but I was still on my feet after the stoppage if you look back at the fight.”

You’ve experienced fighting in an empty arena, what’s your views on fighting In front of no fans, and do you think it hinders your performance in any way? 

Camacho – “It’s a very different environment. Going into this next bout I am glad I have an idea of what to expect.””

What are your overall views on Brock Weaver as a fellow competitor?

Camacho – “I think he’s strong and aggressive. I love his style. Its gonna be a good fight. You know we are both going to bring it.”

 Lastly, Can I have an official prediction from you?

Camacho – “I would love a quick 1st round finish. LMAO. But I predict a 3 round war! Looking forward to getting gritty this fight!”


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