UFC’s Frank Camacho “very grateful” for walking away from multiple car crash “in one piece”
UFC lightweight Frank Camacho feels “very grateful” after an accident involving multiple cars left him with a herniated disc in his neck on Tuesday.
“I’m a little downed by the accident and heartbroken to have to retire from my fight on Saturday at UFC 263,” Camacho wrote on Instagram, posting a photo of him in what appears to be a hospital. . “But I’m very grateful to have left the accident in one piece, and I know it’s just a detour in my career as a fighter.
Camacho, 32, apologized to Matt Frevola, his scheduled UFC 263 opponent, for withdrawing from the fight. He also thanked his wife for her help.
Camacho’s friend Cuki Alvarez posted on Instagram that he was in the car with the UFC lightweight as they traveled from Redondo Beach, Calif., To Irvine on the I-405 freeway when the accident has happened. Four other vehicles involved “were not fair [sic] so good ”compared to theirs, but Camacho was still taken to a local hospital after complaining of head, neck and shoulder pain. An MRI revealed a herniated disc where Camacho’s neck meets his shoulders.
“We look forward to healing, recovering and coming back as soon as possible,” wrote Alvarez.
Camacho recently appeared in the Octagon a year ago at UFC Vegas 3, when he was stopped in 41 seconds by Justin Jaynes. It was his fourth loss in his previous five fights.
An all-in-action fighter, Camacho has struggled to rack up wins lately, going 2-5 in the UFC.
Frevola was booked against UFC newcomer Terrance McKinney, as MMA Fighting previously reported.