Article by: Roselyn Monroyo
‘The Crank’ to take on Japanese MMA fighter
A stronger, faster, and smarter Frank “The Crank” Camacho will be back inside the octagon cage, as he takes on Japan’s Koshi Matsumoto in PXC 38 next Friday at the University of Guam Fieldhouse.
“I have switched a lot of my training to prepare for this fight. I recently moved back to the islands (Guam) a few months ago and have been working with K1 and kickboxing veteran Pat Ayuyu. The knowledge I’ve accumulated over the years in the mainland and from competing all over the world are fused with Pat’s training methods. I like to think of it as traditional, old school eastern style of martial arts training meets western style of high level, athletics style of training,” Camacho said.
“Working with my jiu-jitsu coach and Purebred’s Steve Roberto has been out of this world. His understanding of not just sport jiu-jitsu, but self defense, vale tudo (anything goes) fighting has been mind-blowing. My CNMI fans will see a new Frank ‘The Crank’ Camacho. Stronger, faster, and smarter fighter,” added the 24-year-old MMA fighter, whose last pro bout was in 2009 in Fairpax, Virginia.
Though he was on break from the MMA pro scene for more than three years, Camacho thinks he hasn’t been out of action since his 2009 fight against James Jones in UWC 6: Capital Punishment.
“If you go and see my record, my last professional MMA fight was in 2009 against James Binky Jones in the UWC. On paper it seems like a very, very long time since I’ve last fought, even so competed. But, since that fight I’ve been competing in lots of international martial arts competitions, training with high level active competitors, and my last fight (not on record) is only a year ago (The Ultimate Fighter 16). Although that fight didn’t count as a professional bout. I got the experience of fighting at the Mandalay Bay in Vegas in front of Dana White and international viewers. So I haven’t really been out for a while, which is why I’m even more excited about my upcoming bout against Koshi Matsumoto,” Camacho said.
Matsumoto is a 30-year-old, 155-lb fighter from Kadoma, Osaka. He holds a 9-4-1 win-loss-draw record, but has yet to earn a win via knockout, getting five victories via submission and four decisions. The Japanese last saw action in PXC 36 early this year and won via rear-naked choke against Tyrone Jones at the 51-second mark of the first round. Before that victory, Matsumoto came from back-to-back losses in 2012 against compatriot Shin Kochiwa (TKO at the 36-second mark of the second round) and Kota Shimoishi (via unanimous decision).
Camacho has a better record than his Japanese foe, boasting a 10-2 win-loss card. He got eight wins via TKOs, while his two other victories were off a submission and decision. Camacho had been to three PXC event, winning his latest one (PXC 13: Back from the Dead) after prevailing in a split decision against Ryan Bigler in November 2007.
The 5’9” MMA fighter also saw action in PXC 11: No Turning Back in April 2007 and knocked down John Ogo right in the opening seconds of the first round. Then in PXC 12: Settling The Score in July the same year, Camacho absorbed his first pro loss after bowing to Luigi Fioravant, who was awarded a TKO win (referee stopped) in the opening round. Camacho’s other loss (TKO, 2:27 of first round) came from Caloy Baduria in the URCC 11: Redemption held on Nov. 25, 2007.
Against Matsumoto, Camacho said a TKO win would be a great welcome for his PXC return.
“Of course I would love to win via KO/TKO. I do not want it to go to the judges. Every second of the fight I will create and look for openings. I will take anything that will get me the win. If he gives me his arm or his neck or his chin I’m taking it,” Camacho said.
“I’ve seen a couple of Koshi’s fights. He is one tough Japanese dude. The guy is a stud when it comes to fighting. There is no secret he takes guys down and works to submit them while gaining dominant position. I’ve been studying him and I have to stay away from his strong points. I have a very fundamental strategy against Koshi. I have to stay in control and dictate the fight where I want it,” he added.
Meanwhile, Camacho thanked all his supporters in the CNMI and trainers and sparring partners in Guam for helping him prepare for his MMA return.
“My nerves and excitement are kicking in. This is what I live for. I’m so fortunate that God put me in a position to make a positive difference. Closing this 12 Week Camp (one of the best camps I’ve had and injury free) wouldn’t be possible without the following: my mom, dad, Leslie, my girl Sarah, Jose Quan, Pete Alvarez and family, coaches Pat Ayuyu and Steve Roberto, Fokai Shop’s Roman DLC, Trench Tech Purebred Saipan’s Cuki Alvarez, Hilton’s SP Spike 22 coach Melchor Manibusan, Alliance MMA coach Eric Delfierro, S&C coach Rhadi Ferguson, TLI’s Master Donnie, and boxing coach Troy Fox,” Camacho said.