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For Ray Cooper III, road to possible PFL three-peat ‘just another day in the office’

At this point, Ray Cooper III is a veteran of the process involved with the Professional Fighters League season. It’s safe to say that the 29-year-old Hawaiian has thrived in the format after capturing back-to-back PFL championships in 2019 and 2021. (The promotion took one-year hiatus in 2020 at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.) “Bradda Boy” will begin his bid for a third consecutive title when he faces Carlos Leal Miranda at PFL 3 on Friday night. He’s well-prepared for an active campaign after having fought four times in 2021 and five times in 2019.

'Hawaii’s Finest' Ray Cooper III Eyeing Historic PFL Three-Peat

Much like Brazil or Russia, Hawaii has the reputation for producing some of the best and toughest mixed martial artists in the world. The island is home to a who’s who of MMA greats, including the likes of Hall of Famer and two-division UFC champion BJ Penn, former UFC lightweight champion Max Holloway, Travis Browne, Kendall Grove, Brad Tavares, and many others.

By The Numbers: Ray Cooper III vs. Carlos Leal Miranda

Ray Cooper III likes to count in millions. The heavy-handed Hawaiian will begin his quest for a third consecutive Professional Fighters League welterweight championship and the $1 million prize attached to it when he battles Carlos Leal Miranda in the PFL 3 co-main event on Friday at Esports Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Cooper opens his latest campaign on a six-fight winning streak. He last appeared in the 2021 PFL welterweight final on Oct. 27, when he wiped out Magomed Magomedkerimov with punches in the third round of their rematch. Miranda, meanwhile, jumps into the deep end of the pool following back-to-back victories on the PFL Challenger Series. He last competed at PFL Challenger Series 8, where he eked out a split decision over Chris Brown on April 8.

Two-time women's lightweight champ Kayla Harrison, men's welterweight champ Ray Cooper III headline third Professional Fighters League event of 2022 season

The PFL has announced its opening women's lightweight and men's welterweight matchups for the 2022 regular season, and the matchups include some of the company's biggest names. Two-time women's lightweight champion Kayla Harrison (12-0) will face Russia's Marina Mokhnatkina (6-2) in the PFL 3 main event. In the co-main event,...

Defending champs Kayla Harrison, Ray Cooper III highlight PFL week 3 lineup

Kayla Harrison will begin her bid for a three-peat as Professional Fighters League champion on May 6. The two-time Olympic gold medalist will face Marina Mokhnatkina in a 155-pound bout that will serve as the PFL 3 main event at the Esports Stadium Arlington in Arlington, Texas. In the co-headliner, 2021 welterweight champion Ray Cooper III will square off against Magomed Umalatov at 170 pounds. The main card airs on ESPN2 beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, while prelims stream on ESPN+ at 5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT.

By The Numbers: Ray Cooper III

No one has benefited any more from the advent of the Professional Fighters League than two-time champion Ray Cooper III. The Hawaiian will enter his 2022 campaign on the strength of a six-fight winning streak. Cooper last competed at the 2021 PFL Championships on Oct. 27, when he punched out Magomed Magomedkerimov in the third round of their welterweight final at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The victory brought with it a $1 million prize and served as Cooper’s second seven-figure payday in three seasons with the PFL.

PFL squashes ‘Ray Cooper III to UFC’ talks — ‘He’s not a free agent’

Ray Cooper III earned his second $1 million check from Professional Fighters League (PFL) last night (Weds., Oct. 27, 2021) by stopping Magomed Magomedkerimov via devastating knockout in the third round. By doing so, “Bradda Boy” repeated as season champion and got revenge on Magomedkerimov, who defeated him in 2018 to win that season.

PFL World Championships: Defending champs Kayla Harrison, Ray Cooper III aiming for another $1 million

Six championship fights. Six life-changing $1 million paydays. The PFL closes out its 2021 season Wednesday night at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel Casino in Hollywood, Florida (4:30 p.m. ET on ESPN+, 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2/ESPN+), with the PFL World Championships hosting the high-stakes finals in a half-dozen weight classes and a handful of other showcase fights. Each winner earns pockets the champion's prize and a gold PFL championship belt.