By HumboldtSports.com … Orleans native Louis Cosce capped a big night for the Lost Boys gym with his second professional win at last weekend’s Bear River Casino Fight Night.
Cosce, a former Hoopa Valley High wrestler who is fast building a reputation as a dynamic young mixed martial arts pro, defeated Travis Lebrun with a rear-naked choke in the opening round of the night’s main event and only pro fight.
His victory was one of three for the Lost Boys gym out of Arcata, which went 3-3 for the night.
Cosce’s teammate Taylor Watkins kept his perfect MMA record in tact with a victory over Michael Humphrey (second-round arm bar) for the featherweight title on the line, while Andrew Guisa improved to 4-1 with a first-round TKO of Jonathan Lima.
“All of our guys did well,” Lost Boys co-owner and fight night promoter Brian Wilson said. “And some of them got some good experience.”
It was Cosce, however, who stole the show, improving to 2-0 as a pro.
“Athletically, he’s on another level,” Wilson said of Cosce, whom he has trained for several years. “And he has an incredible wrestling background.”
Cosce is also a jiu jitsu purple belt with the Lost Boys, and the brother of fellow pro MMA fighter Orion Cosce.
“I think always having a brother like that to measure yourself against has been a big part of both their success,” Wilson said.
Louis Cosce has already signed on for his next pro fight, which will be against Jonathan Morris (1-1) in his hometown of Redding on Oct. 13.
Wilson founded Hard Fought Productions with his wife Eileen a few years back to promote the local fight nights and give local fighters the chance to compete here on the North Coast.
And the popularity of the events is a reflection of how popular the sport has become here, with more than 1,000 fans regularly showing up for the fight nights.
“It’s grown exponentially, from the size of the show to the caliber of fighters, to the relationship I’ve made in the fighting community,” Wilson said. “The level of competition of the fighters is much higher than it was.”
In the other fights at Bear River last weekend, Victor Flores defeated Michael Jordan with a third-round TKO; Brady Green defeated Aaron Youngkrantz with a unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-28); Dylan Miles defeated Alec Williams with a unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28); Kaes Ishun defeated Ross Lopez with a unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28); and Nate Montono defeated Austin Stephens with a unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).