Mixed fortunes for local MMA fighters over the weekend

Ray Hamill/ – Louis Cosce

By Ray Hamill — It was a weekend of mixed fortunes for local MMA fighters.

On Friday night, Tyson Miller enjoyed a successful return to the cage with a first-round victory at Bellator 277.

On Saturday, however, Louis Cosce announced he has had to back out of his much-anticipated return after testing positive for COVID.

Miller, a former Eureka High wrestler who fights out of the Institute of Combat in Arcata, defeated Rhalan Gracie in a welterweight showdown to improve to 3-0 as a pro.

Miller’s second Bellator appearance ended successfully on a doctor storage after the Humboldt County fighter delivered a flurry of punches to close out the opening round.

It was Miller’s first fight since May of last year.

Cosce, meanwhile, was scheduled to fight Preston Parsons at this coming weekend’s UFC fight night in Las Vegas.

The former Hoopa High wrestler, who is 7-1 as an MMA pro, has not fought since November 2020.

He announced the news on social media.

“Disappointed to say I will not be competing next weekend,” he said. “This last week was pretty rough trying to push through training. I caught a fever Friday night and then tested positive for Covid Saturday morning. I can honestly say this was the best shape I have ever been in prior to a fight was looking forward to fighting again, bummed to say the least. Thanks to everyone for the support over the years. I’ll be back in the gym as soon as this passes, looking for a new fight date. Much love and Happy Easter.”

Older brother Orion Cosce, meanwhile, announced his return date and will fight Mike Mathetha at UFC 275 in Singapore on June 11.

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