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"The Crank"

Frank Camacho

Lightweight Division

22-10-0 (W-L-D)


Wins by Knockout


Wins by Submission

Frank Camacho

athlete record


Learn more about Frank Camacho's UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Not Fighting
Place of Birth
Tamuning, United States
Trains at
Team Oyama
Fighting style
Octagon Debut
Jun. 17, 2017
Leg reach

Fighter Facts

  • Pro since 2005

  • 17 wins by KO, two by submission (2 arm triangle)

  • 13 first round finishes

  • Owns win over UFC vet Keita Nakamura in 2014

  • Origin of nickname – “I never wanted a nickname and the announcer said something that rhymed with Frank, so he yelled out FRANK…. THE CRANK… CAMACHOOOOOO! (Laughs) After I “CRANKED IT UP,” The name stuck, and I’ve been Frank The Crank since.”

UFC History

(5/14/22) Camacho was stopped by Manuel Torres via strikes at 3:27 of the first round 

UFC on ESPN (6/20/20) Camacho was stopped by Justin Jaynes via strikes at :41 of the first round

UFC Fight Night (10/26/19) Camacho was submitted by Beneil Dariush via rear naked choke at 2:02 of the first round

UFC Fight Night (6/1/19) Camacho stopped Nick Hein via strikes at 4:56 of the second round

UFC 228 (9/8/18) Camacho was knocked out by Geoff Neal at 1:23 of the second round

UFC on FOX (1/27/18) Camacho lost a three round unanimous decision to Drew Dober

UFC Fight Night (11/18/17) Camacho won a three round split decision over Damien Brown

UFC Fight Night (6/17/17) Camacho lost a three round unanimous decision to Jingliang Li

The Ultimate Fighter, Season 16

On episode one, Camacho lost a two round unanimous decision to Neil Magny


TRAINING: To sum up a day of training for this fight, it is discipline and progress...daily!

When and why did you start training for fighting? Growing up on a small 14x7-mile long island, there’s not much to do really. Growing up, I played golf religiously in hopes of playing on the Tour. Going into high school, I was putting on some weight and I wanted to lose weight. Going to a new school, girls, meeting new people, I NEEDED to get in shape but I absolutely HATED RUNNING! At the time, I heard there was a group of guys doing NHB training (no holds barred). I always wanted to get into martial arts and I loved watching the UFC and Pride FC. (Saipan being 3 hours from Japan, we had lots of Pride FC fighters coming to Saipan for vacation and they always showed the island boys techniques, etc.) Long story short, I started training. I fell in love with the sport and the art, and after a year of training, I had my first pro fight at 16. The rest is history.

What ranks and titles have you held? Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion, First International MMA Champion in Saipan, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt under Steve Roberto, Purebred Jiu-Jitsu

Do you have any heroes? My Dad

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? Being a little island boy from the little island of Saipan in the middle of nowhere in the Pacific, dreams are easily shut down by the situation of being such a remote island. I knew after my first fight (12 years ago) that I wanted to fight in the UFC and compete on the world stage to not only fight the best fighters in the world, but to represent the little island chain I come from (Mariana Islands). I’ve been training more than half of my life. Fighting in the UFC is one of my life goals. I am truly humbled and honored for the opportunity to express myself to the world via martial arts.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? High school graduate.

What was your job before you started fighting? Current business owner of Crank Industries. We are a Multimedia Design & Social Media Marketing Company. For your free consultation, contact us at

Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? BJJ World Champion, European Jiu-Jitsu Championship Silver Medalist, Marianas Open Absolute Champion, Pan American BJJ Championship Medalist, Asian Open BJJ Championship Gold Medalist, Micronesian Games Wrestling Gold Medalist

Specific accomplishments in pro competition? First International MMA Champion in Saipan, TUF 16 Alumnus

Favorite grappling technique: Kimura, Head and Arm choke

Favorite Striking technique: Jab & cross