Welterweights Trevin Giles and Louis Cosce threw down on the UFC Vegas 60 preliminary card, with Cosce returning from an extended absence in the fight.
Bother of fellow UFC fighter and Contender Series alum Orion Cosce, Louis had last fought in November of 2020, suffering the first lost of his pro career in a bout with Sasha Palatnikov.
Giles had lost two straight heading into Saturday’s contest, having dropped bouts to Dricus Du Plessis and Michael Morales.
Giles vs. Cosce opened with a lot of feeling out — and little else. Through the first couple of minutes, little more than some bare kicks were exchanged. Cosce settled on the outside, and Giles, perhaps concerned about a takedown, chose not to rush things. Cosce slipped as the pair exchanged trips, but Giles failed to take advantage. Little happened until the final 90 seconds, when Giles connected with a jab, and Cosce moved forward firing, though he wouldn’t connect. Giles would land a few more kicks in the final minute, firing low and high.
Round two saw a couple of brief exchanges early; Cosce went up top with a kick. Still, he could not close the distance for a takedown. Giles found his right hand later in the round, but it was still mostly a low-action affair, and one of the few fights to benefit from the lack of a crowd — because fans would not have been supportive of the lack of action. Cosce’s corner began urging him to “be first” and “pick it up” late in the second, but it was Giles who put on a body lock in the final minute.
Early in the third, Louis Cosce finally got Giles to his back. Cosce had a shot at the Von Flue choke, but lost it. Still, he was on top with a good four minutes on the clock. Giles had his guard wide open, but Cosce failed to pass and was instead looking for an arm-triangle choke. Giles would survived, and power up and out in the final minute. With Cosce unable to secure the finish, the outcome of the fight was a formality.
Official Result: Trevin Giles def. Louis Cosce by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)