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How Frank became ‘The Crank’

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FRANK Camacho, 31,  was already known as "The Crank" before his rise to cage-fighting stardom,  but have you ever wondered how did he get his nickname?

In a recent podcast, Camacho said when he was  14 years old and transitioning into high school, he heard about a fighting event that was going to be held on Tinian.

It was called “Fury Fighting Island,” and, “it was sort of an introduction to Jiu Jitsu, ground fighting or MMA,”  Camacho recalled.

Later, at a warehouse behind Moylan's Insurance, he met his first coach, the “Flying Cockroach” — Cuki Alvarez.

“First day [of training], I had no idea what the heck I was doing,” Camacho said. “I was going for a Chamorro headlock but I was getting my butt whooped. When I went home that day all I did was think about what I had learned…. I was fascinated with MMA.”

The next day, his entire body was sore, but he still showed up at the warehouse to train.

“With respect, discipline and the camaraderie that we were building — it was amazing. The team aspect was so awesome. We were all there with the intention of helping [each other] — it was not about self-gain," Camacho said.

After a year of training, Cuki Alvarez hosted Saipan's first MMA event called “Trench Warz Fight Night” at the warehouse where Camacho first trained.

Camacho, who was then 16 years old, was asked if he wanted to fight. He said yes but he also needed to secure his parents’ consent. Camacho said his father made sure that he, Camacho, had the proper training before getting into the ring.

When it was time for the fight, Camacho learned that his first opponent was Bernie "The Shadow of Death" Neth.

Their match was the main event of the night. “It was one of the most nerve-wrecking moments of my life,” Camacho said. He was already walking down to the cage when he realized that he forgot his mouthpiece.

But he was ready to go nonetheless.

“Before the action, the fighters' names were announced. When it was my turn to be introduced by Cuki, I just remember him yelling at the mic: ‘Frank “The Crank” Camacho!’ I did not think too much of it because I had the 'Shadow of Death' ready to beat me up." Camacho said.

He threw a body kick and had exchanges with his opponent. Camacho was later locked into a bulldog choke by his opponent, but Camacho then picked up his opponent and slammed him down. This allowed Camacho to finish his opponent off and earn victory in his very first fight.

“I was yelling and celebrating — I truly found my purpose in life. I knew I was going to dedicate my life to this sport. I knew what I wanted — that I was going to fight in the UFC one day.”

For more stories about Frank "The Crank" Camacho, subscribe to his podcast on Anchor, Breaker, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, RadioPublic and, soon,  Apple Podcasts, Castbox, Overcast and Spotify.

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