UFC Singapore is not far away now as weigh in day slowly approaches. Each fighter will be counting their lbs and be desperate to get them down as rapidly as possible before stepping on the scales. For each of them it is routine, however, when it’s on short notice, not so much and not as easy for sure as preparations are crammed into to a tight space of time. One of the fighters who has been going through this short notice cut and quick prep is Frank Camacho. Despite having to tough task of taking a fight short notice against a very tough opponent, Frank is in great spirits, cheerfully going about his ways in the build-up to his fight with Jingliang.
Frank’s name may seem familiar to some, as it should, having previously competed on TUF 16. Camacho featured in the opening bouts to get into the house, falling short in a hard fought battle with current UFC star Neil Magny. Unfortunately for him, he was not signed to a further deal as many are after TUF and were made go about it the hard way in order to get his second chance. Despite having to wait longer for his opportunity in the UFC, he seems to be loving every moment.
“It feels amazing[to have finally signed with the UFC]! Now that we are in fight week, I’m starting to really feel the whole “UFC experience.” I’m loving every second of it. It’s really a dream/goal come true. Something I’ve been working for the past 14 years. I would consider it a relief after TUF 16. Not many people get 2nd chances in life. This is my 2nd chance. And it’s being presented to me for a very good reason. I’m destined to fight at this point in my life.”
Since his stint on TUF, he believes he’s grown as a fighter, improving an extraordinary amount making him the fighter he is today and thanks a lot of that learning and improvement to his brief experience on the show.
“I have made leaps and bounds in my fight game since Magny. And I really thank him and the TUF experience for that. Before that fight, it was always a “GO GO GO GO” mentality. But truthfully, in the fight game, the toughest, strongest, fastest guy doesn’t win. It’s the smarter fighter. That’s where I’ve made leaps and bounds. Increasing fight IQ. And still learning of course.”
Now putting the past behind Frank looks onto to his fight at the weekend with confidence, believing he is going to give Jingliang one hell of a tough fight.
“I know what Li is good at: He is tough, durable, comes in shape, is dangerous with his striking, scrambles really well, and has good takedown defence. He is really an all-around guy that will give any fighter in the roster problems. But, he’s never faced a guy like me. If you look at all his matchups, he’s never faced a guy that’s willing to get in his face and exchange with him. Without giving my game plan… *laughs* this aspect will open up lots of opportunities to make a great fight that will be in my favour.”
As talks of this being an exciting stand-up fight came up, Frank was not ruling out the possibility of it being a potential fight of the night and picking up a tasty bonus for his efforts.
“50Gs!??! I’LL TAKE IT! *Laughs*. Li and I both have our strengths and weaknesses. We have great camps that will create game plans for each other. But at the end of the day, when leather starts flying. It’s going to be a fight. And this fight definitely has FOTN potential. We would rather be technicians in there, but we are both ready to throw down!”
With this upcoming fight being 170 it isn’t an extremely tough cut for Camacho but having fought at 155 before as well as picking up a title in PXC at the weight class along the way, the possibility of dropping down isn’t being ruled out in the future.
“I have a great team with me. I can make welterweight as well as lightweight. The best part about me is that I can take last minute replacement fights at 170 and not be too small. 155 I might need more prep, but both are on the horizon.”
For many joining the UFC, they could see it as a life-changing experience or a turning point in their lives so to say. For Frank though, he plans to go about his days as they always were, like a true martial artist and keep enjoying what he’s doing in the best promotion in the business.
“Since signing with the UFC, I haven’t really seen a massive turning point. Imma keeps doing what I’m doing. The way I am as a person, martial artist has gotten me to this point. Of course, really focusing now on training and taking care of my body. Now I gotta keep working hard, keep getting better, constantly learning and most importantly keep having fun in the best promotion in the world.”
Frank takes on Li Jingliang this weekend at UFC Singapore and it is not one to be missed.
Exclusive: Derek Brunson: “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up”
Derek Brunson fought Anderson Silva back in February of this year, at UFC 208. Brunson would go on to lose the fight by controversial unanimous decision. However, the controversies didn’t stop at the questionable decision, Brunson also claims Silva was greasing during the fight. The Wilmington, North Carolina native, posted about it on Twitter a few days ago:
Just make sure you don’t put cooking oil all over your body like Anderson did so it’ll be easy to grab ahold of you @lyotomachidafw 👌
— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) October 17, 2017
Speaking with MMA Latest, Brunson explained why he believes Silva was greasing during the fight. “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up. Every time I grabbed him he was just slipping out of everything, and his takedown defense was really good that night. I was definitely curious to know why he was very slippery, which I definitely think he had some kind of substance on his body. He knows I’m a wrestler obviously, he’s an old, savvy veteran, so he was definitely trying to play all the rules and be very strategic, and make it harder for a wrestler to grab him.”
Brunson is set to face Lyoto Machida come October 28, when asked about whether he was worried about Machida greasing, considering Gegard Mousasi accused him of doing so in their fight, Brunson admitted he wasn’t too worried.
“Well I’m not too worried, but like I said, I put it out there because I know they’re friends and I know, obviously, that’s kind of what the guys do when they know they’re fighting a wrestler. They want to lube their body up really good to make it hard to grab hold, Anderson did a great job defending my takedowns. It’s because he was all greased up so he was able to stop a lot of them. When I grab guys in the clinch, it’s very tough for them to get away and I’m pretty good with my Greco takedown. He was pretty much pulling through my clinch when I had a tight grip on him and if you have some kind of substance on your body it’s easy to pull them.”
Neither Silva nor his management have commented on the greasing allegations. Anderson Silva makes his return against Kelvin Gastelum later this year, in China. While Brunson makes his return to the Octagon on October 28th, in Brazil, where he looks to add Lyoto Machida’s name to his impressive list of victories.
Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217
UFC 217 just got even more interesting. Earlier this week, Patrick Cummins pulled out of his light heavyweight matchup with Corey Anderson due to a Staph infection. Corey “Overtime” Anderson was not happy with his opponents decision, even calling out his opponent on Instagram asking how Cummins could, “call it quits so far from fight night”.
The UFC left Anderson on the card, and he found an opponent through the magic of Twitter. Ovince Saint Preux tweeted out directly to Anderson stating:
— Ovince Saint Preux (@003_OSP) October 19, 2017
It didn’t take long for Anderson to respond agreeing to the fight, tagging Mick Maynard and Dana White in his response.
Only a few short hours later, the fight announcement came from the official UFC twitter account.
Fight News update!!
— UFC (@ufc) October 19, 2017
This top 10 Light Heavyweight matchup should add to an already amazing card coming in November at Madison Square Garden. Saint Preux is coming off of back to back wins both due to the very rare von flue choke, he finds himself ranked #7th in the latest edition of the 205-pound rankings. Corey “Overtime” Anderson is 4-2 in his last 6 fights, but is coming off a brutal first round knockout loss to Jimi Manuwa in March.
With such a exciting fight added to this card, what do you see happening November 4th? Will Corey Anderson bounce back and look to jump into the top 5 of the rankings, or will Ovince Saint Preux go for a third straight von flue choke? Let us know.
*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results
Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.
Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.
Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)
Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)
Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)
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