UFC 277: Orion Cosce Picks Up First UFC Win Over Blood Diamond

 UFC 277: Orion Cosce Picks Up First UFC Win Over Blood Diamond

UFC 277: Orion Cosce Picks Up First UFC Win Over Blood Diamond

Round three began with both fighters sluggish. Blood Diamond countered Cosce's jab with one of his own. Cosce again pushed Diamond against the fence before landing a takedown. Blood Diamond rose to his feet, but Cosce jumped on Diamond's back with three minutes left. They'd fall back. Diamond defended against Cosce's arm triangle. The round ended with Cosce completely controlling Blood Diamond.

A planned welterweight bout set to kick off the UFC 277 preliminary card on Saturday was derailed when one fighter failed to make weight. That would be Orion Cosce, who was 1.5 pounds overweight for his fight with Mike Mathetha, aka "Blood Diamond," necessitating a catchweight.


The fight would go ahead, with both Cosce and Blood Diamond — who had previously been scheduled for a fight — looking for their first UFC victory.


The winner would not have an easy night.


After a brief exchange of gloves, both fighters took the center of the octagon. Blood Diamond started the fight with a low kick, which was quickly followed by a high kick from Cosce. Cosce's hook was blocked by Blood Diamond, who landed a front kick. Diamond stuffed Cosce's takedown attempt. Diamond was placed against the fence by Cosce. Diamond reversed Cosce about two minutes in. Diamond got back up after Cosce landed a trip takedown. Cosce scored another takedown, but this time he kept him in side control. Diamond rose to his feet with less than a minute remaining. Cosce landed a belly-to-back suplex but did not capitalize on it. The round ended with the fighters back in the octagon's center.


Round two began with a low kick from Blood Diamond. Blood Diamond landed a punch thirty seconds into the round, causing Cosce to clinch. Blood Diamond was placed against the fence by Cosce. They switched places after about 20 seconds. Cosce landed an elbow from the clinch two minutes into the second. Blood Diamond eventually managed to break free and land a body kick. With only two minutes remaining, both men appeared exhausted. Blood Diamond hurt Cosce with an elbow and a front kick. On the break, Diamond landed a spinning back fist that hurt Cosce, and "Galaxy" returned with a back fist. Diamond was clinched despite Cosce's wobble. Blood Diamond hit Cosce with a knee and began to light up his opponent. Cosce made it through by clinching with Diamond.

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