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We have a scrap in the Lightweight division, as Frank “The Crank” Camacho welcomes newcomer Manuel “El Loco” Torres. A loser of two straight and four of the last five, Camacho desperately could use a victory. Having been out of action for nearly two years, the hard hitting striker will need to quickly shake off any rust in what should be an action packed fight. Meanwhile, Torres comes into his UFC on three-fight win streak. Most recently competing on Dana White’s Contender Series, Torres earned a contract with a controversial TKO win over Kolton Englund.

As for a prediction, I have Torres winning. While this is the technically Camacho’s lowest level of competition since joining the UFC in 2017, at this juncture in his career, it almost doesn’t matter. A grappler, who has ignored implementing that part of his game inside the octagon, Camacho likes to trade hands. Active on the feet, Camacho is landing an excellent 6.67 significant strikes per minute. However and this is where Camacho falls short, he is absorbing an absurd 7.31 significant strikes. To put that in perspective, over a fifteen minutes fight, that’s nearly 110 strikes. Seeing that he’s coming off a 41-second knockout defeat, which was the fifth time he’s been knocked out and seventh time overall he’s been stopped, I’d say Camacho’s durability is unreliable.

On the other hand, Torres is a finisher to the core. Not looking to fight long, Torres has won eleven of his twelve victories via first round stoppage. In fact, the lone decision victory is the only time he’s even seen a second round in fourteen professional fights. Looking more composed than ever in his most recent fight, I’d have to say that this version of Torres may have some success inside the octagon. Despite Camacho being notoriously tough, the damage seems to be catching up, as his once granite chin has become brittle. So with that said, I predict that Torres will win via knockout.

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