Hoopa Valley

Cosce lines up televised fight on short notice


By Ray Hamill — Local MMA fighter Louis Cosce didn’t have to wait long to get another fight.

The former Hoopa High wrestler recently missed out on the opportunity to fight at this month’s Bear River fight night because of a minor injury suffered in training.

Just two weeks later, however, with the injury cleared up, Cosce was able to fill the void.

On December 13, the local pro will fight at the Combate Americas event in Stockton, taking on Art Hernandez in a 165-pound fight that will be televised on AXS TV.

Cosce has just two weeks to prepare for the fight, but he was glad to get the invite.

“My coach got their call two days ago and asked if I wanted to fight,” Cosce said. “I’m just happy that (Hernandez) accepted the fight.”

Hernandez is a Fresno native and is 4-4 as a pro, but has lost his last three fights.

The 24-year-old Cosce is 5-0 as a pro and will be fighting for the fourth time since May.

The last time out Cosce defeated Bill Smallwood with a first-round TKO in Redding in October.

All five of his wins have come in the first round.

Cosce will have to drop some weight to match up at 165 pounds, but he doesn’t see that as a problem.

“I’ll have to cut a little bit of weight, but it’s an opportunity I couldn’t pass up,” he said. “I’m pretty excited about it.”

The event will be broadcast to an international television audience, adding to the occasion and giving local fans the opportunity to watch the event.

“It will be live and that’s pretty awesome,” Cosce said.

The former Hoopa Warrior is able to take on the  fight at the last minute because of his ongoing training regiment.

Winning his fights quickly has also allowed Cosce fight as often as he has in recent months, with no major recovery time needed after any of them.

Cosce says he is also looking for sponsors.

“It’s going to be internationally televised, so it helps them out,” he said of any potential sponsors. “And it helps me out.”

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