Frank Camacho

Franklin Beldad Camacho (born May 18, 1989)[2] is a Chamorro mixed martial artist in the lightweight division. He was a 2010 Blue Belt Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World champion[3][4] and a 2006 Micronesian Games wrestling gold medalist. He competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).[1]

Frank Camacho
BornFranklin Beldad Camacho
(1989-05-18) May 18, 1989 (age 33)
Hagåtña, Guam
Other namesThe Crank
NationalityMariana (Overseas American)
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight70.3 kg (155 lb; 11 st 1 lb)
DivisionWelterweight (2014, 2016–2018)
Lightweight (2005–2016, 2017, 2019–present)
Reach73 in (190 cm)
StyleWrestling, Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Fighting out ofSaipan, Northern Mariana Islands
TeamSpike 22
Purebred Jiu-Jitsu
Trench Tech
RankBrown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Steve Roberto[1]
Years active2005–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout17
By submission2
By decision3
By knockout6
By submission2
By decision2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Medal record
Northern Mariana Islands Northern Mariana Islands
World Jiu-Jitsu Championship
Gold medal – first place 2010 California -82 kg (Blue)
European Jiu-Jitsu Championship
Silver medal – second place 2013 Libson -82 kg (Purple)


Camacho was born in Guam to Marcia and Francisco Muña Camacho. He was raised in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, where he is still based.[5][6] He started playing golf at a young age in hopes of competing professionally one day. However, he moved his attention to mixed martial arts (MMA), to shed some weight and get in shape, after watching UFC and Pride Fighting Championships events on television. He start training in MMA when he was fifteen years old, under the supervision of Tetsuji Kato and Cuki Alvarez of Trench Tech Purebred in Saipan. He competed in his first professional fight one year later.[1]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Camacho competed mainly within and around the Pacific Rim, particularly Saipan and Guam, under promotions, such as Pacific Xtreme Combat, Rites of Passage, and Trench Warz. He maintained a 20–4 record prior to entering in the Ultimate Fighting Champion (UFC).[7][8]

The Ultimate Fighter 16Edit

Camacho was a participant in The Ultimate Fighter: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson in 2012, which was the sixteenth main installment of UFC-produced reality television series The Ultimate Fighter (TUF).[9] In his entry-round match against Neil Magny, he lost via unanimous decision and was eliminated from the competition.[10]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Four years after his appearance in TUF 16, Camacho received an opportunity to compete in the Ultimate Fighting Champion (UFC), replacing an injured Jonathan Meunier.[11] He made his debut in the match against Li Jingliang during UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Correia on June 17, 2017.[12] Camacho lost the fight via unanimous decision, and earned his first UFC Fight of the Night bonus award.[13][14]

Camacho faced Damien Brown in a lightweight bout during UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Tybura on November 19, 2017.[15] Camacho weighed in at 160 pounds during weigh-ins, making him four pounds over the lightweight upper limit of 156 pounds. The bout proceeded as a catchweight and he forfeited 30% of his purse to Brown.[16] He won the fight via split decision.[17] This win earned him his second Fight of the Night bonus award.[18] Camacho took to Twitter after the match, asking UFC President Dana White to give his US$50,000 bonus prize to Brown. Camacho believed he was not eligible for the prize because he did not meet the weight requirement for the division.[19] Camacho became one of five fighters in UFC history to earn back-to-back Fight of the Night awards to start off their UFC career.

Camacho faced Drew Dober during UFC on Fox: Jacaré vs. Brunson 2 on January 27, 2018.[20] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[21] This fight earned him his third Fight of the Night bonus award in as many fights, making him one of two fighters to start their UFC careers with three consecutive Fight of the Night bonus awards.[22]

Camacho faced Geoff Neal during UFC 228: Woodley vs. Till on September 8, 2018.[23] He lost the fight via knockout.[24]

Camacho faced Nick Hein in a lightweight bout during UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Smith on June 1, 2019.[25] He won the fight via TKO in the second round.[26]

Camacho faced Beneil Dariush during UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Askren on October 26, 2019.[27] He lost the fight via submission in round one.[28]

Camacho was billed as a short-notice replacement to face Alan Patrick on April 25, 2020.[29] However, on April 9, Dana White announced that this event was postponed to a future date.[30] Camacho was then scheduled to face Matt Frevola during UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Volkov on June 20, 2020.[31] However, it was revealed on June 18 that Frevola was removed from the bout after one of his cornermen tested positive for COVID-19. Instead, Camacho faced promotional newcomer Justin Jaynes at the event.[32] At the weigh-ins on June 19, Camacho missed weight, coming in at 158 pounds, two pounds over the non-title lightweight limit of 156 pounds. The bout proceeded as a catchweight and Camacho was fined 20% of his purse.[33] Camacho was defeated via first-round technical knockout.[34]

Camacho was scheduled to face Brok Weaver during UFC Fight Night 177 on September 12, 2020.[35] However Camacho was removed from the bout during the week leading up to the fight after testing positive for COVID-19. Weaver instead faced Jalin Turner.[36]

Camacho was scheduled to face Matt Frevola on June 12, 2021 at UFC 263.[37] However, Camacho pulled out of the fight during the week leading up to the event after he was involved in a traffic accident in Orange County, California that left him with non-life threatening injuries to his back and neck. In turn, Frevola faced promotional newcomer Terrance McKinney instead.[38]

Camacho faced Manuel Torres on May 14, 2022 at UFC on ESPN 36.[39] He lost the fight via TKO in the second round.[40]

On June 8, 2022 it was confirmed that Camacho was no longer on the UFC roster.[41]

Personal lifeEdit

Camacho gained his moniker “The Crank” after a fight announcer introduced him by rhyming “crank” with his first name, Frank. Since then, he has opted to keep the name.[1]

Camacho is married to Sarah Filush Camacho. They have a son named Franklin Muña Camacho Jr, another son and a girl Catalina (born 2021).[42][43][44]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial artsEdit

  • First International MMA Champion Saipan

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Brazilian Jiu-JitsuEdit

  • 2010 BJJ World Champion
  • 2013 European Jiu-Jitsu Championships Silver Medalist
  • 2013 Marianas Open Absolute Champion
  • New York Jiu-Jitsu Championships Bronze Medalist
  • 2014 Marianas Open Brown Belt Open Absolute Winner
  • Abu Dhabi Pro Trials Bronze Medallist
  • European Jiu-Jitsu championship Silver Medallist
  • Pan American BJJ Championship Medallist
  • Asia Open BJJ Championship Gold Medallist
  • Micronesian Games Wrestling Gold Medallist


Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
32 matches 22 wins 10 losses
By knockout 17 6
By submission 2 2
By decision 3 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 22–10 Manuel Torres TKO (punches) UFC on ESPN: Błachowicz vs. Rakić May 14, 2022 1 3:27 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 22–9 Justin Jaynes TKO (punches) UFC on ESPN: Blaydes vs. Volkov June 20, 2020 1 0:41 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Catchweight (158 lb) bout; Camacho missed weight.
Loss 22–8 Beneil Dariush Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Askren October 26, 2019 1 2:02 Kallang, Singapore
Win 22–7 Nick Hein TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Smith June 1, 2019 2 4:56 Stockholm, Sweden Return to Lightweight.
Loss 21–7 Geoff Neal KO (head kick) UFC 228 September 8, 2018 2 1:23 Dallas, Texas, United States
Loss 21–6 Drew Dober Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Jacaré vs. Brunson 2 January 27, 2018 3 5:00 Charlotte, North Carolina, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 21–5 Damien Brown Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Tybura November 18, 2017 3 5:00 Sydney, Australia Lightweight bout; Camacho missed weight (160 lb). Fight of the Night.
Loss 20–5 Li Jingliang Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Correia June 17, 2017 3 5:00 Kallang, Singapore Fight of the Night.
Win 20–4 Gun Hwan Park Submission (arm-triangle choke) Rites of Passage 21 May 26, 2017 2 2:51 Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands
Win 19–4 Hyun Joo Kim TKO (punches) Rites of Passage 20 August 19, 2016 1 3:17 Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands
Loss 18–4 Han Seul Kim TKO (punches) Pacific Xtreme Combat 54 August 19, 2016 1 3:17 Mangilao, Guam Return to Welterweight.
Win 18–3 Tyrone Jones TKO (punches) Pacific Xtreme Combat 50 December 4, 2015 2 2:59 Mangilao, Guam Won the PXC Lightweight Championship.
Win 17–3 Kengo Ura KO (punch) Pacific Xtreme Combat 49 August 7, 2015 1 0:37 Mangilao, Guam
Win 16–3 Yasuaki Miura TKO (punches) Rites of Passage 18 July 3, 2015 1 0:34 Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands
Loss 15–3 Yusuke Kasuya Submission (rear-naked choke) Pacific Xtreme Combat 47 March 13, 2015 1 2:06 Mangilao, Guam
Win 15–2 Jae Woong Kim Submission (arm-triangle choke) Trench Warz 18 December 12, 2014 1 4:38 Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands Welterweight bout.
Win 14–2 Keita Nakamura Decision (unanimous) Pacific Xtreme Combat 42 February 28, 2014 3 5:00 Mangilao, Guam
Win 13–2 Koshi Matsumoto KO (punch) Pacific Xtreme 38 August 9, 2013 3 1:24 Mangilao, Guam
Win 12–2 James Jones KO (punch) UWC 6 April 25, 2009 3 5:00 Fairfax, Virginia, United States
Loss 11–2 Caloy Baduria TKO (punches) URCC 11 November 25, 2007 1 2:27 Pasay, Philippines
Win 11–1 Ryan Bigler Decision (split) URCC 11 November 17, 2007 3 5:00 Mangilao, Guam
Loss 10–1 Luigi Fioravanti TKO (doctor stoppage) PX 12: Settling the Score July 12, 2007 1 N/A Mangilao, Guam
Win 10–0 B.J. Taisacan TKO (retirement) Trench Warz 6 June 23, 2007 1 0:37 Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands
Win 9–0 Carlos Eduardo Santos TKO (punches) Geran Haga: Blood Wars 2 May 28, 2007 2 N/A Agana, Guam
Win 8–0 Roy Reyes TKO (knees) Rites of Passage 2 April 13, 2007 1 0:28 Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands
Win 7–0 John Ogo TKO (strikes) PXC 11 April 13, 2007 1 N/A Mangilao, Guam
Win 6–0 Nathan Hanson KO (punch) Trench Warz 5 February 24, 2007 1 3:45 Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands
Win 5–0 Fritz Rodriguez TKO (punches) URCC 9 December 2, 2006 1 0:42 Cebu, Philippines
Win 4–0 Troy Munoz TKO (punches) Trench Warz 4 October 28, 2006 1 1:32 Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands
Win 3–0 Robert Palacios TKO (punches) Trench Warz 3 May 27, 2006 1 4:08 Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands
Win 2–0 Mike Camacho TKO (knees) Trench Warz 2 February 11, 2006 1 1:16 Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands
Win 1–0 Bernie Neth TKO (submission to slam) Trench Warz 1 November 26, 2005 1 0:59 Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands


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