Octagon Oracles: Undefeated Welterweight Orion Cosce

Orion Cosce raises his fist to celebrate with an out-of-frame bystander while seated in an MMA cage. Orion Cosce will get his first UFC fight on Saturday night's card. Photo Credit: Dragon House MMA / Youtube

It’s not often that MMA fighters are signed to the UFC in a two-package deal, but that’s practically what happened on last season of “Dana White’s Contender Series.” Along with his brother Louis Cosce, Orion Cosce was signed to a UFC contract last year after a win on the TV show.

Nearly a whole year after he got signed to the UFC, Cosce will finally make his promotional debut. His first challenge comes against Phil Rowe, who is looking to bounce back from a loss he took earlier this year against Gabe Green.

The Octagon Oracles crew discussed Cosce before his first fight in the UFC octagon.

Zac Herbison

Grade: B-
Being an accomplished high school wrestler, Cosce brings a lot of grappling experience into the cage with him. He has a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt, and can be seen competing in a no-gi submission match with Max Griffin. On the ground, Cosce has very strong control when he’s on top, finishing his “Contender Series” fight with a mounted crucifix. He also has a wide variety of submissions, with some rare ones popping up in his fights. He looks like a handful to deal with off of his back, as well.

On the feet, Cosce changes stances often. He’s a decent striker, and mixes up his attacks well, but he tries to kill his opponent with every strike. He’d likely see a lot of improvement if he took some power off of them, something his corner has encouraged between rounds. Cosce seems to default to a Muay Thai plumb as soon as his opponent gets near him. This could be an effective tendency, allowing Cosce to punish strikers who can’t maintain distance by sucking them into his grappling game.

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Jack Wannan

Cosce’s backstory and undefeated record made me interested in him immediately. His seven-fight pro career has seen him put on dominant performances over fighters who were on paper at least a similar skill level to him.

Cosce’s biggest win came in his last appearance, when he defeated Matt Dixon on “Dana White’s Contender Series.” Cosce was challenged by Dixon’s skill, he was able to capitalize on a crucifix position to finish the fight in the third round.

While Cosce has a background in wrestling and has credentials that cannot be denied, his focus around striking during MMA bouts sometimes leaves him open to being taken down. It was demonstrated in his “Contender Series” fight that he could often be taken off guard and subsequently taken to the canvas.

Much like his brother, fellow UFC fighter Louis Cosce, Orion isn’t afraid to take a punch to give one. His toughness gets displayed often, and his cardio is often a big factor for him. That’s why he has a trio of finish wins that came in the closing minutes of fights.

It wouldn’t shock me if Cosce became a fan favorite because of his style. We know quick knockouts don’t earn UFC fighters the coveted “Fight of the Night” award. However, the hard wars that go into deep waters certainly do – and you can expect those from him.

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