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Orion Cosce to fight at UFC 255 in November

File photo – Orion Cosce at the Dana White Contender Series in Las Vegas.

By Ray Hamill — Orion Cosce will make his much anticipated return to the MMA octagon next month after being added to the UFC 255 card.

Cosce will fight the experienced Nicolas Dalby at the November 21st event in Las Vegas, in what will be his first official UFC showdown since a big showing at the Dana White Contender Series in August earned him a contract with the world’s top MMA promotion.

Orion’s brother Louis also signed a UFC contract after his impressive showing at the Dana White Contender Series but has yet to schedule his next fight, although trainer Brian Wilson is hoping the younger brother could be added to the same event.

“He’s a scary guy and they’re having some trouble getting people to step in the cage with him,” Wilson said of Louis, who is 7-0 in the pro ranks and nicknamed “The Monster” after ending several of his fights early and decisively. “But I’m confident they’ll find someone.”

Orion, who is also 7-0 as a pro, has been included on the UFC 255 card, which will be headlined by a flyweight championship showdown between Deiveson Figueiredo and Alex Perez.

The 26-year-old Cosce will fight the 35-year-old Dalby, an experienced pro from Denmark who is known as a knockout specialist and has fought some top UFC fighters on his way to a pro record of 18-4-1.

“He’s a very good striker,” Wilson said of Dalby. “He’s a knockout artist and he’s fought some world-class guys and he’s had success. So he’s definitely going to be a step up in competition.

“But like I’ve been saying, there are no easy fights at this stage, but we’re excited.”

File photo – Louis Cosce

Orion fights out of the Alpha Male gym in Sacramento, but got his start in the sport at Wilson’s Lost Boys gym in Arcata and still works closely with the long-time trainer.

Orion has now won 10 straight fights, the most recent coming against previously undefeated Matt Dixon at the White series in Las Vegas in August.

According to tapology.com, Orion is the 88th ranked welterweight fighter in the country, while Dalby is ranked No. 33 in the UFC by RankingMMA.com.

Dalby has been a pro since 2008.

Both Cosce brothers are former Hoopa High wrestlers.

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