Las Vegas – The fourth season of the hit show Dana White’s Contender Series continues with Episode 3, featuring a lineup of rising athletes looking to make their dreams come true by impressing UFC President Dana White and earning a spot on the UFC roster.
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NAME: Orion Cosce
FULL NAME: Orion Italo Cosce
NICKNAME: Orion “Galaxy” Cosce
WEIGHT CLASS: Welterweight
AGE: 26 years old – 7/15/94
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5-11, 170
LEG REACH: –
BIRTHPLACE: Eureka, CA
FIGHTING OUT OF: Arcata, CA
LANGUAGES SPOKEN: English, some Spanish, some Russian
TRAINER: Team Alpha Male / Lost Boys
STRENGTHS: Wrestling, kickboxing, BJJ, endurance, power, pressure, aggression
TRAINING: 1 ½ hours of MMA training, 1 hour strength and conditioning, 1 hour of drilling
(wrestling, BJJ or striking)
PROFESSIONAL MMA RECORD: 6-0
Thoughts on opponent, Matt Dixon? I can’t say much about my opponent, but from what I’ve seen, he is game, ready to fight to the distance and has decent groundwork. He’s susceptible to southpaw striking.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I turned pro in 2018
What ranks and titles have you held? I have three different titles in pro MMA, but none compare to the main goal of becoming UFC champion. I’m a purple belt in BJJ and multipletime state champion and national qualifier in wrestling (freestyle and Greco-Roman, folkstyle state / national qualifier.
Do you have any heroes? My hero is Goku. I grew up wanting to be Goku and to this day compare myself to the anime character.
What would it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It would mean all the hard work and years of training are finally paying off, but that is only the beginning towards more goals.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I went to Oregon State for one year before I decided to focus solely on fighting.
Favorite grappling technique: Modified scarf hold kimura
Favorite Striking technique: A hook-cross combo
Facebook account: Orion Cosce
Instagram account: @galaxycosce
OTHER KEY POINTS:
- Pro since 2018
- Five wins by KO, one by submission (Kimura)
- Four first round finishes
Q&A Courtesy of the UFC
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