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UFC’s Frank Camacho ‘very grateful’ to walk away from multi-car accident ‘in one piece’

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

UFC lightweight Frank Camacho is feeling “very grateful” after a multi-car accident on Tuesday left him with a herniated disc in his neck.

“I’m a little beat up from the accident, and I’m absolutely heartbroken to have to withdraw from my fight Saturday at UFC 263,” Camacho wrote on Instagram, posting a photo of himself in what appears to be a hospital. “But I’m very grateful to walk away from the accident in one piece, and I know this is just a detour in my fighting career.

Camacho, 32, apologized to Matt Frevola, his scheduled opponent at UFC 263, 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 were traveling from Redondo Beach, Calif., to Irvine on the I-405 freeway when the accident occurred. Four other vehicles involved “didn’t fair [sic] so well” compared to theirs, but Camacho was still transported to a local hospital after he complained of head, neck and shoulder pain. An MRI revealed a herniated disc where Camacho’s neck meets his shoulders.

“We look forward to healing and recovering and returning ASAP,” Alvarez wrote.

Camacho most recently appeared in the octagon one 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-action fighter, Camacho has struggled to rack up wins as of late, going 2-5 in the UFC.

Frevola has been rebooked against UFC newcomer Terrance McKinney, as MMA Fighting previously reported.