By Ray Hamill — Local MMA fighter Louis Cosce could be on the verge of a major breakthrough with a good showing at this weekend’s Combate Americas in Stockton.
Cosce, a former Hoopa High wrestler, is 5-0 in the pro MMA ranks and has dominated each of his fights, ending all of them in the first round.
On Friday night he’ll take on Art Hernandez in a 165-pound fight in front of an international television audience on AXS TV and Univision, in what could be a major stepping stone for the 24-year-old local phenom.
“We’re hoping to show everyone what we already know,” Cosce’s trainer Brian Wilson said from Stockton on Friday afternoon, shortly after the fighter officially made weight.
“It will get him some good exposure. I’m sure there’s going to be a lot of eyes on him.”
Univision will broadcast the event throughout much of South and Central America, while AXS TV will carry the fights live here in the United States.
“This is a new event for us. It’s a big promotion, it’s international, so there’s a lot of people from different countries here,” Wilson said. “They’re treating us very good down here. It’s a cool experience for us.”
Cosce, who fights out of the Lost Boys Gym in Arcata, has had a busy year and this will be his fourth fight since May.
He was scheduled to fight at November’s Bear River fight night but had to back out late with a minor injury.
He picked up the fight with Hernandez just two weeks ago and was ready to fill in at the last minute.
Cosce had to drop a little more weight than usual to fight at 165 pounds instead of 170 but made the cut without any problems.
And preparation has been going well.
“I was training for the last fight, so other than the injury I was in shape,” he said. “Now I’m 100 percent and ready to do this.”
Wilson expects his fighter to dominate as usual.
“We expect him to go in and dominate every time,” he said. “We think Louis is a world-class fighter, so we expect him to run through everyone he fights.
“I expect it will be business as usual for us. With that being said, we’re taking the fight very seriously.”
Cosce, nicknamed The Monster, is ranked No. 24 out 182 pro welterweights in California, according to tapology.com.
Live television coverage of Friday night’s event gets under way on AXS TV at 7 p.m.