The return of UFC lightweight Frank Camacho came against UFC debutant Manuel Torres at UFC Vegas 54 on Saturday night.
Camacho had been out since June of 2020 after losing a second consecutive bout, that time against Justin “Guitar Hero” Jaynes. Camacho was set to take on Matt Frevola at UFC 263, but was involved in a car pile-up in Los Angeles. The Guam native suffered injuries that kept him out of action for nearly two years, but returned at the UFC APEX on Saturday.
Torres made his UFC debut coming off a TKO finish of Kolton Englund on Dana White’s Contender Series in October 2021.
Right out of the gate Torres wobbled Camacho a bit with a left hook. Both guys responded by throwing some heavy leather. Camacho did try to get the takedown but it didn’t happen. Camacho then landed a one-two right on the chin of Torres. Torres was really having success with his hands putting Camacho in a lot of danger. From the uppercuts and rights and lefts, everything from Torres was landing. Torres slipped a right hand and counted with a right-left dropping Camacho and Herb Dead stepped in. Beautiful finish from Torres.
A bit of chatter about an early finish after the fact — but Camacho had eaten some seriously heavy blows.
Official Result: Manuel Torres def. Frank Camacho via TKO, Round 1, 3:27