UFC Legend Royce Gracie inducted into the Pittsburgh MMA Hall of Fame by Bill Viola at the Kumite Classic, Pittsburgh.
Don Kaecher: Professional Record of 9-1 record.
Arguably Pittsburgh”s top pro MMA fighter, Don began training in Martial Arts at the age of 12, training in a variety of styles such as Muay Thai, Fire Dragon Kung Fu, Tang So Do, Karate, Boxing and more. During that time, Don was exposed to Bruce Lee and learning about his teachings. Just like any young Martial Artist, he wanted to emulate the Dragon.
Don was first exposed to Mixed Martial Arts when he started training at Practical Fighting Concepts in Pittsburgh under Eric Hibler. There, Don learned a lot about what was expected to become a Mixed Martial Artist. At that time the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was just beginning and soon became a dream of Don’s to fight in. He started training his body and mind extremely hard in hopes of someday getting the chance to fight in the cage.
Don’s first real passion was grappling in 1996, and a year later had his first Muay Thai fight at the Palace Inn in Monroeville. He won both of them and now felt he was then ready to fight in the cage. Don finally got his chance to fight in the cage at World Extreme Fighting 6 (WEF) in 1999. His first opponent was Josh Rafferty, a student of former UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin. Don won a tough fight by tap out due to knee strikes to the body and head.
Since 1999 Don has fought in ten professional cage fights and held the 145lb Intercontinental Flyweight Championship title in Reality Super Fighting. Currently his professional fighting record is 9-1 with his only loss to Hermes Franca, former UFC 155lb title contender and WEC 155lb champion. Currently Don still competes in MMA, submission grappling and boxing. He won Golden Gloves in 2005 and the Kumite Classic in Pittsburgh in 2003 through 2007. Don tried out for The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 5 but despite not making it had a good learning experience. He also competed in the Gracie Nationals in Columbus, Ohio for 7 years straight.
Don has been teaching Mixed Martial Arts since 1997 and started Personal Training Tactics, Pittsburgh’s premier MMA School.
Don has trained with and is a certified instructor under Erik Paulson of CSW (Combat Submission Wrestling) in Los Angeles, CA. Erik Paulson was the first American to win the World Shooto Light-Heavyweight Title in Japan, defending his title 5 years straight. Don also trained with legendary instructor Guru Dan Inosanto.
With Mixed Martial Arts rapidly evolving, Don continues to stay on top of the sport by expanding his expert knowledge with the help of boxing coaches, wrestling coaches, books, training videos, seminars and thru his many students. He pushes his mind and body to the extreme daily… and if you train with him, he will bring out the champion and the best in you. Life is the ultimate journey. Only you can decide when the journey ends.
Recent Fight Results
Win Robert Walker III Submission (Guillotine Choke) Deathroll MMA – There”s Gonna Be A Fight Tonight 1 8/15/2009 1 1:08
Win Ryan McIntosh Submission (Verbal) NETC – No Escape the Cage 2/9/2008 1 1:29
Loss Hermes Franca Submission (Triangle Choke) WEF 12 – World Extreme Fighting 12 5/11/2002 2 2:00
Win John Wehbey Decision (Unanimous) RSF 2 – Attack at the Track 6/23/2001 3 4:00
Win Jeremy Libiszewski Submission (Guillotine Choke) RSF 1 – Redemption in the Valley 4/21/2001 1 2:39
Win Joe Cuff TKO (Corner Stoppage) WEF 8 – Goin” Platinum 1/15/2000 1 4:00
Win Rob Baer Submission (Rear Naked Choke) WEF 7 – Stomp in the Swamp 10/9/1999 1 1:01
Win Josh Rafferty Submission WEF 6 – World Extreme Fighting 6 6/19/1999 1 N/A