Orion Cosce Out Of UFC 271 Fight With Blood Diamond

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Orion Cosce, UFC Vegas 33 weigh-in Credit: Alex Behunin/Cageside Press

UFC 271 has lost an exciting fight featuring a pair of welterweight prospects.

Late Friday night, Orion Cosce posted on his verified Instagram that he was out of his UFC 271 fight with promotional newcomer Blood Diamond.

“Got some good news and bad news,” Cosce wrote.

“Bad news: I got the super flurona that all you sick people (both vaccinated and unvaccinated) been spreading a couple of weeks ago. Tried to push through it but was out for almost 3 weeks. This means I won’t be able to perform at [UFC 271] for the UFC.”

“Good news: I lived (obviously) and am able to do light training sessions once a day. Looking to continue to get back to my 2-3 sessions a day and be able to perform in the future sooner than later.

“Thanks for the support and love. I’ll make a full recovery. I’ll be back better than ever. Looking to get back to doing MMA training with the big boy crew Team Alpha Male MMA and helping them get ready.”

Cosce (7-1) is coming off the first loss of his professional career. Phil Rowe finished him in his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night: Hall vs. Strickland.

There is no news as to whether (3-0) will be staying on the card, although with his teammate, middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, headlining the card, there is a good chance he will remain on the docket. Blood Diamond (properly Mike Mathetha) will be making his UFC debut.

UFC 271 takes place February 12, 2022, at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. The card breaks down as follows:

Israel Adesanya (c) vs. Robert Whittaker – for the UFC middleweight championship
Jared Cannonier vs. Derek Brunson
Kyler Phillips vs. Marcelo Rojo
Vinc Pichel vs. Mark Madsen
Roxanne Modafferi vs. Casey O’Neill
Alex Perez vs. Matt Schnell
Ed Herman vs. Maxim Grishin
Mana Martinez vs. Ronnie Lawrence
Alexander Hernandez vs. Renato Moicano
Carlos Ulberg vs. Fabio Cherant
A.J. Dobson vs. Jacob Malkoun
Douglas Silva de Andrade vs. Sergey Morozov
Blood Diamond vs. TBD
Bobby Green vs. Nasrat Haqparast
Derrick Lewis vs. Tai Tuivasa
Andrei Arlovski vs. Jared Vanderaa