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Orion Cosce victorious in Las Vegas

Orion Cosce

Tuesday night got off to a flying start for local MMA fans, when Orion Cosce won his fight at the Dana White Contender Series in Las Vegas.

Cosce handed Matt Dixon his first loss as a pro in a welterweight showdown, winning on a third-round TKO.

With the win, Cosce improved to 7-0 in the pro ranks

The victory was also enough to earn him a UFC contract, it was announced later that night.

“That’s how you get yourself a contract,” the commentator said immediately following the fight.

After Dixon got the better of the first round with three takedowns, Cosce settled down and made the necessary adjustments.

It appeared as if he got the better of round two and then he came out and dominated round three.

A big takedown one minute into the third round set the tone, and Cosce appeared to grow stronger and stronger the later the fight went.

He finally got the TKO with just 18 seconds remaining after a flurry of punches.

“I don’t quit, that’s the difference,” Orion told ESPN immediately after the win.

He certainly impressed the commentators, who added “If I could sign him I’d sign him right now.”

Dixon came in as the biggest favorite on the five-fight card.

Cosce’s younger brother Louis also won his fight on Tuesday night against the experienced Victor Reyna.

Louis also earned a UFC contract with the win.

The two brothers, former Hoopa High wrestlers, made history with the appearance, becoming the first siblings to ever appear on the same card at the prestigious Dana White Contender Series.

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