Vince Cachero is officially a UFC fighter. While his debut, under less-than-ideal conditions, didn’t go his way, he’s happy and excited to be with the promotion.
“I know that I’ve been ready for it for a long time,” Cachero told MMASucka. “It was just a matter of waiting for that call and making sure I was coming off a win. I’m really happy to be here, but I’m even more excited for the future down at 135.”
Cachero’s call to the show came just two days before his fight, as he competed against Jamall Emmers in a featherweight bout at UFC Vegas 5 on Aug. 1. Cachero fell short, dropping a unanimous decision to the 145 prospect. While he’s disappointed with the result, he’s still “extremely excited” about his future.
“Jamall is a beast of a fighter,” Cachero said. “He’s had over 20 fights; more than double the experience I had. Up a weight class and everything. I still gave him hell, man. I know he was feeling it the next day, as I got him with some good shots. And I went the whole 15 minutes with him. It just goes to show for these bantamweights, they’d better be ready for a scrap.
“If you watched my fight, you’d see that I like to come forward, I like to let my strikes go, and obviously, with a full camp, I’d have a little more gas in the tank and a little bit more strength in the legs,” he continued. “Fighting a guy with a 74-inch reach and still being able to hit him and everything, and also take a bunch of his shots, just shows that I’m ready to do the very same thing at 135, but not take as many shots and dish out way more.”
Cachero got the call on a Thursday. His manager, Jason House of Iridium Sports Agency, asked if he could make 145 in 24 hours.
“‘Hell yes, of course. Of course I can make the weight, let’s make it happen,'” Cachero recalls saying.
Cachero was on his way to Black House to shoot photo and video before getting some training in. But once he got the call, he turned his car around, replaced his camera gear with fight gear, and drove from Los Angeles to Las Vegas.
A few coronavirus tests later, and Cachero was ready to compete.
“The Anomaly” received the UFC call after a ground and pound stoppage of Marvin Garcia at LFA 81. He holds a professional MMA record of 7-3.
His first UFC experience wasn’t anything out of the ordinary for Cachero in regards to what he expected: a great fight, great fighters, and to be walking around Dana White and other prominent figures. He’s now ready and eager to compete in his natural weight class.
“Really, it’s further proof that yes, I belong here,” he said. “Yes, I’m good enough to fight in the UFC. I can be a pretty dominant force in the 135 division. Now, I’ve just got to go out there and prove it. Overall, I’m excited to be here, and I know I belong here.”
Cachero is hoping to make his sophomore appearance in the Octagon around November or December. He’s in the process of moving to Colorado to be with his wife, who scored a quality internship there. He’ll join Factory X, where he’ll hope to get a full camp in before his next contest.
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