By Ray Hamill — The Cosce brothers touched down in Las Vegas on Saturday, just three days ahead of their big fights in the Dana White Contender Series.
Orion and Louis, both former Hoopa High wrestlers, will each put a 6-0 pro record on the line on Tuesday night when they fight on the same card, with a UFC contract potentially up for grabs.
And, according to trainer Brian Wilson, who has worked closely with both fighters in his Lost Boys Gym, each is primed and ready for the big showdown.
“As far as I’m concerned, they’ve never looked better,” Wilson said from their Vegas suite on Saturday. “They’ve put so much work in, and so much preparation. I’ve never worked with any fighters who’ve ever looked better.”
The event organizers sent a limo to pick up the fighters, who were immediately tested for COVID-19 and quarantined.
“We drove through the strip, which was pretty cool,” Wilson said. “It was the first time Louis had seen it and he was pretty pumped on it.”
The two fighters are joined in Vegas by Wilson and striking coach Brian Blackburn, considered one of the best at what he does in all of California.
Louis will fight the experienced Victor Reyna (11-4) in the main event on Tuesday night while Orion will face off against unbeaten Matt Dixon (9-0).
“The level they’re at right now there are no easy opponents,” Wilson said. “(Reyna and Dixon) are both really good fighters from good gyms.”
Wilson, however, is confident both Cosces will prevail.
“(Dixon) is an impressive guy, but with that being said we’re expecting the same thing from Orion as we expect from Louis, to dominate every minute of the fight and win every round,” the trainer said.
The fights will be broadcast live on ESPN Plus, with the action getting under way at 5 p.m.
“We’re pumped,” Wilson said. “We’re excited.”