Staying busy: Frank Camacho takes no days off

Frank Camacho PXC

When your guaranteed title shot gets indefinitely delayed, most fighters would be content waiting it out. But for Frank Camacho, he’d rather stay busy than sit on the sidelines.

Welterweight returnee Camacho (18-3 MMA, 6-2 PXC) was set to face Pacific Xtreme Combat division titleholder Zebaztian Kadestam this July, but those plans were scrapped when Kadestam had to withdraw due to an injury. Frank “The Crank” couldn’t help but feel disappointed by this news, but he doesn’t hold any grudge against “The Bandit”.

“At first I was super bummed. I was looking forward to sharing the cage with Kadestam and the opportunity of winning the 170-pound title,” Camacho tells Dojo Drifter. “But the reality is injury is part of our sport. We all train super hard to win, and unfortunately these things happen.”

Despite this bad news, it came with a silver lining: Camacho would still get his title shot once Kadestam recovers from his injury later this year. However, “The Crank” opted to remain on the July card and stay active by facing former title challenger Han Seul Kim, instead.

“I was asked if I wanted to wait for Kadestam or get a replacement opponent and I opted to get another fight,” Frank reveals. “I’m here to compete and constantly work at my craft.”

While Kim is an entirely different fighter compared to the hard-hitting Swede, Frank knows that the Korean Top Team standout is no pushover. For him, winning against a caliber like “Baby Lim” will show everyone that he deserves the title shot given to him by the Guam-based promotion.

“Although Kim is a different fighter, he poses a lot of threats that I’m very interested in combating. I’m here to compete every day of the year. Even though it’s risky on my end in the event things might not turn out my way and can jeopardize the title shot, I train and fight to win. I have goals set for 2016.”

Camacho is currently in the final stages of his training camp at the Alliance Gym in San Diego, where he’s been training with world class fighters like UFC bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz, Bellator champion Phil Davis, and ONE FC champion Brandon Vera. And he believes that he will eventually face Kadestam, but as of the moment, he focuses on the task at hand before redirecting his eyes toward the championship belt.

“No doubt Zeb [Kadestam] is a great champion. He’s stopped a lot of good fighters in incredible fashion,” says Camacho. “We cannot take that away from him [but] there are just a lot of doors that haven’t been opened in his game. I’m eager to expose them and see what he has to offer. He’s never fought a guy like me, which makes this fight super interesting.”

“But I have a tough Korean ahead of me, Kim, that I’m focusing on getting through before I meet Zeb this year.”

Photo courtesy of Pacific Xtreme Combat

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