For centuries, the ancient Chamorro people have cultivated a culture of kinship, deeply rooted in family, community, and perseverance, sustained over the course of several generations. They are a legacy of seafarers, survivors, and warriors.
Frank “The Crank” Camacho holds the spirit of the ancient Chamorro people; as a UFC athlete, he is fierce, relentless, and powerful— taking down opponents in under ten minutes, like with his bout against Nick Hein, or earning three Fight of The Night bonuses of up to $150,000 overall for his stellar performances as a worthy opponent.
But he is not just a brutally tenacious Brazillian Jiu Jitsu fighter and UFC Athlete; Frank is not just his physical power. He embodies our culture as a paragon of the people of Micronesia and the Northern Marianas Islands through his generosity and humility. He is a part of our community, and throughout his entire Mixed Martial Arts career he has never stopped reminding us of this truth. His truth.
In 2015, in the wake of Typhoon Soudelor, destruction overcame the island of Saipan, and Micronesia. In that same year, Frank “The Crank” emerged victorious from the octagon cage of PXC 49 against Kengo Ura, after an intense 39 second knockout.
He went on to make this announcement: “It is OUR VICTORY! I fought with the Marianas in that cage, for our people! The win at PXC 49 was for the MARIANAS ISLANDS! No typhoon will ever bring our people down! We will always get back up and keep fighting! This fight was dedicated to my Saipan brothers and sisters in need! We are gathering all the help right now to assist our sister island of Saipan. Through this fight, let’s remember that our culture is the epitome of hard work, resilience and perseverance! Let us all help each other to uplift our spirits and tackle the task at hand together as one! “Divided we are weak… together we are strong!” BIBA MARIANAS!
True to form, Frank “The Crank” Camacho joined the fight… the fight against the aftermath of Typhoon Soudelor’s rampage, diligently organizing Crank’s Relief Effort: Help Saipan, and transferring hundreds of donations into a shipping container he had personally purchased with the winnings from his PXC victory. The container provided $8,000 worth of goods for the relief efforts in Saipan.
Saipan and Guam are a part of him, just as they were once a part of our ancient ancestors; just as the islands are a part of us.
But it doesn’t stop there. Frank continues to consistently provide for his community in various non-profit efforts.
In the budding weeks of June, 2019, Frank spearheaded a Women’s Self Defense Class Seminar at DOCOMO PACIFIC. He is not only a UFC Athlete—- he is a practitioner of Mixed Martial Arts, a lifelong philosophy. Frank has helped others through this philosophy through teaching self-defense to youths, women, and even children in Stranger Danger seminars.
Rudyard Kipling wrote: “The strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack.”
The strength of our islands is in our sense of community, and our willingness to contribute to our people, and our families. Frank “The Crank” Camacho has proven time and again that this is what he represents, as a fighter, a father, and an island warrior.