On the 18th of August 2020, the latest set of siblings joined the UFC. Louis and Orion Cosce both came out on top in impressive performances to secure UFC contracts on episode 3 of Dana White’s Contender Series.
These two grew up in Weitchpec, California, in a small community within the Yurok reservation, which is right outside Humboldt County in northwest California.
Far from the easiest upbringing, from an early age, the brothers learned how to rely on each other to succeed in life. During the early years, Louis and Orion moved from home to home due to the circumstances of their parents.
Even though there were times they were separated physically, they always maintained their unbreakable relationship.
In a recent interview, Louis credited Orion with, “To be honest, if it wasn’t for my brother, I’d probably be on drugs or dead right now.” Referring to the temptations he had in life when following a different path growing up.
The Yurok Tribe is located in parts of Del Norte and Humboldt counties, California, on a 44-mile (71 km) stretch of the Klamath River.
It is one of the very few tribes that have never been removed from their ancestral lands in California. The Yurok people are a federally recognized tribe.
The Cosce brothers train at Lost Boys Jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai, based in Arcata, California, and Team Alpha Male. They have high school and college-level wrestling backgrounds.
Orion Cosce is currently riding a nine-fight win streak, 7-0 as a pro and 2-0 at the amateur level. All of his wins have come by way of finish, with five of those during the first round. He is currently fighting at welterweight but is open to middleweight.
If Orion’s record wasn’t impressive enough, Louis Cosce is also fighting at welterweight with a pro record of 7-0. All of his finishes have come in the very first round, with his fastest victory coming in just eight seconds against Sirgregory McCowan in 2019.
Dana White’s Contender Series
On Tuesday, August 18th, both Orion and Louis fought for a UFC contract. Orion fought third and Louis fought fifth, in the main event.
Orion Cosce def. Matt Dixon via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 4:42
Round 1: Cosce came into the fight as the biggest underdog of the night. The round started with Matt Dixon trying to use his wrestling to insert dominance, taking Cosce down on three occasions. However, on each occasion, he was unable to keep Cosce down. Both fighters traded punches throughout the first round.
Round 2: We saw Orion start to find his feet, throwing some big shots at Dixon and connecting several times. Dixon was still looking for success with his wrestling throughout the round but had no luck.
Round 3: This round was dominated from start to finish by Cosce. After landing some good shots, it was Cosce that initiated a takedown. Once Cosce got some good positioning, he found the finish with some heavy short elbows and punches from the crucifix position with 18 seconds left on the clock.
Louis Cosce def. Victor Reyna via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 1:12
Round 1: Cosce came out of the blocks fast, throwing some heavy shots and catching a Reyna with some glancing blows. Reyna attempted to tie Cosce against the cage to no avail. After checking each other out in the center of the cage, Cosce landed a huge left hand that dropped Reyna. Cosce quickly followed that up with precise shots to finish the fight for yet another first-round victory for Louis Cosce.
Both brothers have expressed an interest in getting back out there as soon as possible, suggesting as soon as the next fight card. However, some weight changes could happen. Orion stated in the Contender Series post-fight interview that “he (Louis) will be 55/70, I’ll (Orion) be at 70/85. We will run both divisions.”
So there you have it, the Cosco brothers are in the UFC! Drop a comment below on how you think they will do.
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