Orion Cosce is hunting for his first victory under the UFC banner ahead of his UFC 277 clash with Blood Diamond on July 30th. UFC 277 takes place in Dallas, Texas, with two titles up for grabs.
The main event features a heated rematch between newly crowned women’s bantamweight champion Julianna Peña and Amanda Nunes. In the co-main event, Brandon Moreno and Kai Kara-France battle it out for the interim flyweight championship.
27-year-old Orion Cosce (7-1) breaks a year of inactivity on fight night and is more hungry than ever to get his first win on the board in his new home. We had the pleasure of catching up with Cosce pre-fight.
Check out the full interview below.
Interview w/ Orion Cosce
Assuming you’ll want to set the tone for the night. Sell it to the fans. Why should their buts be on the seat from the opening fight to watch you and Blood Diamond go toe to toe.
If the fans want to see a fight where neither fighter is looking for a decision, this is it. I’m always looking to finish the fight. I don’t like judges.
I believe this has been the third time you pair have been matched up to face one another. Has it been somewhat frustrating with injuries and whatnot, and how is everything feeling now?
The first fight was rescheduled due to Covid affecting my training and health, but the recovery was good. The second time, he had an injury, and we agreed to set it back one more time. Hopefully, the third time is the charm.
Orion Cosce talks UFC Debut
It will be one year since we’ve got to witness you inside the UFC Octagon since your battle with Phillip Rowe. Has the long haul of inactivity been down to injuries, or have you been eager to get back faster than scheduled?
It’s been too damn long! These are just things that happened when getting ready for the last two times, and me and Blood Diamond were supposed to share the cage. I’m looking forward to it.
On the topic of your contest with Rowe, after a beautiful stoppage on DWCS, what do you feel went wrong in your official debut? Did you feel the pressure? If so, how do you deal with managing that this time round?
I never feel pressure when fighting. Just went in with a pinched nerve in the right arm, but I wasn’t going to not fight. We both worked our asses off for the event, and I wasn’t gonna be the guy who said, “I’m not fighting” because my opponent misses weight. We both have families to support. I’m always gonna be ready.
Time on the Sidelines
I believe this is one of the longest periods you’ve been out since turning professional in 2018. In your time away, has there been anything you’ve learned to appreciate more?
I’ve definitely learned to appreciate and utilize my recovery and small group training more.
Fight night, you meet Blood Diamond, who lacks experience in MMA but had a bus load of hype coming into his UFC debut. What did you make of his debut at UFC 271?
I thought his debut wasn’t a great predictor of his striking capabilities. I knew he was going to have trouble with wrestling and grappling. He just rushed in too fast and paid for it. It happens in the fight game.
Keys to defeat Blood Diamond
What are the keys to allowing Blood Diamond not to fight his fight on July 30th? What do you feel you need to do to ensure you find yourself back in the win column?
Just go in there and do what I do best: Pressure and utilize my wrestling with my striking. Work all aspects of MMA and utilize the entirety of the cage.
Lastly, can we get an official fight prediction?
I predict fans won’t want to miss this fight. Going for the finish. Fuck the judges.