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Orion Cosce opponent confirmed as he prepares for busy summer

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By Ray Hamill — Local MMA pro Orion Cosce will fight Matt Dixon in a battle of undefeated fighters at the Dana White Contender Series, it was confirmed on Saturday.

Cosce is 6-0 as a pro and can earn a UFC contract with a win over Dixon, who fights out of Oklahoma and is 9-0 in the cage.

Cosce will join his brother Louis at the prestigious event, with both local fighters scheduled to compete on the same night on August 18.

Louis is also 6-0 and will fight Victor Reyna, who is 11-4.

For more on the fighters preparation, see Cosce brothers no longer Humboldt’s best kept secret …

Both Cosce brothers fight in the welterweight division and Orion is hoping to stay busy once he finally gets back in the cage.

The former Hoopa High wrestler, who learned the MMA ropes while training with the Lost Boys gym in Arcata, is looking to secure multiple fights quickly after his appearance in the televised series.

“I’d like to fight two or three times in a month if I can,” said Cosce, who fought three times in five weeks last summer and is well used to a quick turnaround. “The key is to go out there and dominate.”

Cosce says preparation is going well and that he is on pace to cut weight before the 170-pound showdown after bulking up in between fights in order to get stronger.

Cosce last fought at the Bear River Casino in January of this year, defeating Wally Wester with a third-round TKO in what his trainer Brian Wilson described as his toughest test yet.

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