By Ray Hamill — Brothers Louis and Orion Cosce are on the verge of hitting the big time after it was announced this weekend that they will both compete on this summer’s televised Dana White Contender Series in Las Vegas.
Both are scheduled to fight on August 18, and essentially guaranteed a UFC contract if they win.
“Everyone who fights dreams of fighting in front of Dana White and the UFC, and they get the opportunity to do that,” said Brian Wilson, who has trained both fighters locally at his Lost Boys gym in Arcata. “This is everything they have dreamed of since they were kids.”
Both brothers are 6-0 in the pro MMA ranks and have been building momentum as up-and-coming contenders in recent years.
The series will run from early August through September, with weekly fights televised on the UFC Fight Pass.
Louis will face off against the experienced Victor Reyna (11-4) in the main event on August 18, with Orion expected to fight on the same night against a yet-to-be determined opponent.
“I’m super excited,” said Louis. “I can’t wait to compete.”
On White’s radar
According to Wilson, it was Louis’ impressive showing at the internationally televised Combate Americas in December that put him and his brother on White’s radar.
“When Louis dispatched that guy early in the first round, that kind of got him the exposure he needed,” the Lost Boys trainer said.
Both brothers, who are former Hoopa High wrestlers, have been busy training every day in spite of the ongoing pandemic and the restrictions on gyms.
Each also has made the transition to full-time professional in recent months, allowing them to focus even more on their training.
“It’s made a huge difference, honestly,” Louis said.
Wilson also believes both fighters are better positioned because of that decision and primed to make some serious noise in front of Dana White.
“Both have been training hard and both have never looked stronger or better,” Wilson said. “They’re full-time pros now.”
Wilson and local MMA enthusiasts have been saying for years that it is only a matter of time before the Cosce brothers make their mark at the highest level of MMA and the UFC is considered the pinnacle of the sport worldwide.
“There’s been kind of a buzz about them already, but not to this level,” said Wilson.
The news is a big boost for the sport locally as it continues to grow in the area, and in particular for Wilson’s Lost Boys gym.
“This is enormous for our team,” he said.
Louis, nicknamed “The Monster,” is confident ahead of his fight against Reyna.
“His experience is big. He’s had more fights. But overall I don’t feel he’s better than me,” he said, adding that his training has been going “super good.”