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Frank Camacho: The ‘Crank’ is back

BIG plans await Frank Camacho.

Aside from ending a two-year break from mixed martial arts, “The Crank” will be striving for his ultimate goal — joining the famous Ultimate Fighting Championship in 2012.

Mixed martial arts athlete Frank Camacho looks on during Trench Warz 15: Supremacy earlier this month. Currently in Saipan, he’ll return to Camp Springs, Maryland in January to resume his training. Photo by Christian V. CruzMixed martial arts athlete Frank Camacho looks on during Trench Warz 15: Supremacy earlier this month. Currently in Saipan, he’ll return to Camp Springs, Maryland in January to resume his training. Photo by Christian V. Cruz“Next year I’m trying to aim big and go for the big show. There’s nothing set yet. Next year we’re gonna try to make it to the UFC,” Camacho said in an interview.

The 22-year-old MMA athlete hasn’t been in the cage since 2009, where he downed James “Binky” Jones in the Ultimate Warrior Challenge 6.

“After that fight I was so excited and I wanted to keep fighting but I went to BJJ to improve myself,” he said.

Camacho’s last four and a half years has been spent in the Team Lloyd Irvin Mixed Martial Arts Academy.

His return to MMA includes a near-perfect 13-2 record, losing twice in 2007.

The 180 pounder mentioned cutting back to 151 pounds once he starts MMA.

A middleweight, Camacho’s training was focused on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu between 2010 and 2011. He claimed the blue belt category’s middleweight title in the 2010 BJJ World Championships at Long Beach, California.

A promotion to the purple belt division placed Camacho with tougher rivals last June as he lost in the middleweight quarterfinals after five rounds.

“A lot of people have been thinking that I’ve just been doing jiu jitsu, but under the radar I’ve been training my boxing, wrestling, judo — everything,” he said.

As far as 2012 however, nothing is set in stone yet.

He’ll be waiting for MMA bouts as early as January or February.

“I may have to get one or two fights so I can get back into the mix. I may have to do the Ultimate Fighter show but I’m ready,” Camacho said.

“There’s gonna be a whole new Frank Camacho in 2012.”

Since joining Team Irvin in 2007, being a UFC champion has always been a goal for the ‘Crank.’

“I’ve been doing BJJ a lot so I can get better at fighting on the ground or in the cage. This was always on my mind so now after two years I’m about to start fighting again,” he said.

“When I get back to Maryland I’m gonna sit down with my team and we’re gonna figure things out. I’m excited because it’s a way for me to show the world where I’m from and where the Marianas is.

The time is here. The ‘Crank’ is back.”

Camacho, who arrived to Saipan a few weeks ago, will return to Camp Springs, Maryland on January 4. He was present as guest referee in Trench Warz 15: Supremacy on December 16.