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July 6, 2018
Hawaiian Ray Cooper
III is currently on a high, having conquered the biggest name
of his career in Jake Shields,
the same person who defeated his father in 2002. With a beef to
settle, Cooper III unleashed punishment on Shields when they met at
Professional Fighters League 3.
And while he battered a Cesar
Gracie jiu-jitsu black belt that is already past his prime, the
fact remains that Shields is a former Strikeforce
middleweight champion who has wins over Dan
Condit, Demian Maia
and current UFC welterweight king, Tyron
Woodley. “Bradda Boy” ran through him like a man on a mission
and forced a TKO stoppage in the second round.
Cooper III is a quick starter who has finished all but three of his
opponents, and he will look to bring his heavy hands when he meets
Ukrainian submission specialist Pavel Kusch
at Ocean Resort Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Before they
lock horns, here is a by-the-numbers look on the rising
Professional Fighters League star.
14: Years has passed since his father, Ray Cooper,
Jr. was stopped by Shields via rear-naked choke at Warriors’ Quest
6: Best of the Best. It was actually a rematch as the older Cooper
decisioned his rival in 2002 at Shooto Hawaii: Soljah Fight
6: Inches of height disadvantage to Shields. This drawback did not
matter on fight day.
1: Massive left hook and a few follow-up punches to end the fight.
By this time, Shield’s face was already a bloody mess.
1: Victory in his amateur career. Before turning pro in July 2012,
Cooper III scored a win over Devin
Taylor at Destiny MMA “Unleashed.”
8: Seconds was all he needed to knock out Kani Correa.
His impressive professional debut happened at a King of
the Cage event.
11: Wins by stoppage in the first round. Whether by knockout or
submission, finishing fights early is something that comes natural
to the native of Hawaii. His list of opening period victims include
Correa, Adam Smith,
Nate Harris, Jody
Bartee, Josh Drake,
Rivas, Zach Conn,
Colquhoun and Jonathan
9: Wins by KO or TKO. Cooper III is known to have strong power in
his hands. Apart from Shields, he also knocked out Charles
Bennett in round 2 and the rest in round 1.
5: Wins by submission. He has scored three stoppages by rear-naked
choke, and one each by front choke and guillotine choke.
25: Years of age and with a bright future ahead of him in PFL.
Cooper III was born on Feb. 7, 1993 in Hawaii.