Vince Cachero Has No More Regrets
People regret a lot of things. Not going out on a Friday night, asking out the girl or guy they had a crush on in high school. Vince Cachero regretted not playing college soccer. An all-state player in high school, Cachero went to Santa Clara University starting in 2007 with the belief he could make their team. The Broncos were one of the top teams in the country at the time and are known for their soccer team. It was the fear of getting cut that prevented him from pulling the trigger and trying out.
“I really kind of beat myself up over that,” said Cachero. “I had a fear that I was going to get cut. To this day, I still reject that decision.”
Instead, he graduated college in four years with a degree in finance, but it was bothering him. It was also during that time B.J. Penn was dominating the UFC and inspiring Hawaiians like Max Holloway, Yancy Medeiros and Vince Cachero. Cachero had moved to Hawaii when he was a toddler and grew up there. It didn’t take a lot of time for him to find a gym to train at. There, martial arts started to give Cachero some fulfillment and he decided to give up finance for a still undetermined path.
“Towards the end of my years at school I realized I didn’t want to push papers, I didn’t want to look at numbers,” said Cachero. “I know a lot of my friends stuck with it and those guys are making bank now. Obviously in MMA there’s not much money for us lower guys. I just didn’t feel like it was in my heart to continue down that path.”
Cachero didn’t leave his yearning to learn at college, he now prides himself on being the best learner at the gym and applying it to his fights. As a student of the fight game, he constantly finds videos online and practices moves he loves at the gym. He wants to be the first person in a class to learn a technique and be able to apply it in sparring or a competition.
“When people ask me what my best skill is in MMA, I always tell them I am the best learner hands down. I will learn anything faster than you and better than you. I feel like that’s how I was able to pick up the sport a little bit later and also make big strides in that time.”
One of the areas of the sport Cachero looked to make strides in was his stand-up game. As an amateur, he was very successful fighting primarily as a grappler but didn’t feel confident standing in the pocket and trading with his opponent. But as a professional, he has been willing to stand and brawl, including his last victory against Ryan Lilley, which was recognized as Fight of The Night.
He credits his striking coach Adam Lerner with his success standing up. With Lerner, Cachero has been training alongside the likes of UFC veteran Terrion Ware and RFA veteran Chris “Taco” Padilla to be more comfortable with hard punches coming at him. Lerner allows his fighters to throw harder techniques so they aren’t tentative when they see them in the cage and be able to defend the attacks.
It’s been a rapid rise for Cachero, since 2013 when he made his amateur debut, he has gone 7-1, including winning three fights in 2017, which was his first year as a professional fighter. However, it wasn’t until his first professional victory that he felt he truly could make a career out of it.
“I guess when the switch really flipped was after my first pro fight cause I got that confidence standing up and overall it made me realize you can actually do this now,” said Cachero. “It wasn’t like before when there was some anxiety, fear of losing, not really training to your full potential. But after that first professional win, it really got into my head like yo, you can do this. I proved it to myself, from that switch I’ve grown so much as a fighter.”
Fighting hasn’t been the only area where Vince proved that he is a quick learner. After watching one of Stuart Cooper’s jiu jitsu videos, he decided to learn to do the same. It didn’t take long for him to learn the trade and since has produced a show and several documentaries. In fact, if you follow Blackhouse’s social media pages you are following Vince’s work as he is one of the people producing content for them.
Documentaries and social media content aren’t the only occupations that Cachero picked up along his martial arts journey. He also made it a point to give back to his community by creating the Mana Foundation, which helped kids who couldn’t afford to train martial arts in Hawthorne, CA an opportunity to do so. Though the foundation is closing due to how busy Cachero has become but he looks to contribute in other areas when time allows.
“My brother passed with cystic fibrosis which is a genetic disease,” said Cachero.
“I am looking to help out in the future, I will get involved and create some more fundraisers.”
While that maybe part of Cachero’s long term future, his more immediate future is in the LFA cage where he will face Nohelin Hernandez at LFA 30 as part of the main card on AXS TV. This is an opportunity that he can’t wait for and he wants to put on another performance of the night.
“It’s so cool, starting to train in the beginning days and watch your friends like Christos Giagos and Terrion Ware fight for at the time was RFA, which turned into LFA. It’s cool watching those dudes doing it and now to be one of those guys doing it, it means the world to me,” said Cachero.
“I’m going to take whatever he gives me, I’m fine with it standing up, I’m fine taking it to the ground but I definitely see a finish.”