By Ray Hamill — With the sport of MMA largely shut down here in California, several fighters from the Lost Boys Gym will travel to Minnesota to fight in December.
At least six and possibly more of them will appear at the Ogitchidaa Fight Promotions Warrior Games IX.
“Everything’s shut down on this side of the country, but they’re able to do it in Minnesota,” Lost Boys owner and trainer Brian Wilson said. “We’re very grateful for the opportunity, especially with what’s going on.”
Among the Lost Boys traveling, Jacob Hodge will compete for the 155-pound Warrior Games title.
Like the Cosce brothers, who recently earned UFC contracts, Hodge is a former Hoopa High wrestler and is 4-2 in the MMA cage.
Also traveling to Minnesota are fellow Lost Boys Ross Lopez, Tyler Watkins, Andrew Guisa, Alex Jojin and Alister Shirazi.
Lopez is 4-1 and will fight Tyler Grimsley in a lightweight (155 pounds) showdown, while Watkins is 5-5 and will fight at featherweight (145), and Guisa is 7-2 and will fight at welterweight (170).
All three are expected to turn pro in the near future, a move that has been put back due to the ongoing pandemic and lack of fight opportunities this year.
“If not for COVID, Andrew, Tyler and Ross would probably have made their pro debuts this year,” Wilson said.
Jojin, meanwhile, is less experienced but Wilson believes he has a bright future in the sport.
“We think very highly of him,” Wilson said of the Connecticut native who is 0-1. “His record is not indicative of his talent level. He had a very difficult first opponent.”
Shirazi, who will fight Jaimerson Aguirre at bantamweight (135), will be making his MMA debut and is another fighter Wilson believes has a bright future.