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‘Guitar Hero’ TKO's ‘The Crank’

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JUSTIN “Guitar Hero” Jaynes took down Frank "The Crank" Camacho in just 40 seconds during their UFC match on Sunday in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Camacho entered the fight prepared for Matt Frevola, but one of Frevola’s cornermen had tested positive for Covid-19. According to the MMA Fighting website, Justin Jaynes got the call to the big show on Wednesday and he stepped up.

“After the sudden change, I didn’t think too much about it,” Camacho said. “I was hoping [Frevola] and his team were safe and all OK. Covid ain’t no joke…. He’s a class act,” Camacho added, referring to Frevola. “I was so thankful the UFC found a replacement and I was able to fight.”

Camacho and Jaynes gave a good show as they exchanged fists right from the start. Jaynes then landed a clean left hook that rocked Camacho, bringing him down. Jaynes aimed for the finish, but Camacho managed to recover and got back on his feet. Camacho was able to keep his hands up, but he was forced to have his back against the cage due to Jaynes' continued pressure. Ten seconds later Camacho was unable to defend himself, forcing the referee to stop the fight, giving Jaynes a win via TKO in the first round. It was his UFC debut. He has now won five straight bouts to push his career record to 16 wins, 4 losses and 0 draws. As for Camacho, he has suffered back-to-back first-round defeats and drops to 2-5 in the octagon, MMA Fighting said.

“As fighters, especially during these wild times, we have to adapt to the ever changing world,” Camacho said. “Either way we had a game plan. But I fought his fight and fell to his plan. It’s such a humbling learning experience,” he added.

Camacho said the referee, Herb Dean, was “in there to protect the fighters — he did what he needed to do in his professional career call. Herb Dean…saw I was hurt and stepped in. I was rocked and not intelligently defending myself.”

Camacho added, “I am disappointed in my performance and the result. This is what I love about the fight game. It’s so pure and true. It’s unforgiving…. It’s what makes me strive to be the best possible man I could be on fight night. On to the next one. The best thing I can do is get back on my feet and get back to work. It’s what I’ve always done. It’s what my dad has always taught me to do. Continue to work hard at reaching my goals. Staying as positive as I can, looking at the glass half full, and doing what I need to do to get better.”

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