By Ray Hamill — Louis Cosce suffered his first defeat as a pro fighter on Saturday afternoon, losing to Sasha Palatnikov in an entertaining welterweight showdown at UFC 255.
Cosce became the first-ever Humboldt County fighter to compete at a UFC event, but saw his run of seven straight wins end when the fight was stopped midway through the third and final round.
The former Hoopa High wrestler had never gone past the opening round in any of his pro fights and began the more aggressive of the two.
He had Palatnikov in trouble early, but the Hong Kong native hung in there and settled into the fight after taking an early pounding.
Cosce came out fired up in all three rounds, but tired towards the end of each, with his lack of experience in longer fights showing.
Midway through the third round, Palatnikov landed a big right before ending the fight moments later with a flurry of punches with Cosce on the ground.
While the defeat was unexpected, Cosce will clearly benefit from the experience of going three rounds after eclipsing the total combined time he spent in the cage from his first seven fights before the end of the second round.
“We’ll see Cosce rebound, there’s no doubt it,” one of the commentators said.
It was just the second ever loss for local pro MMA fighters, who are now a combined 21-2.