Ray Cooper III is one of the most exciting athletes in the world of MMA today. If you are really good at something in Hawaii, your co-workers call you "Hammah" and there is no doubt that "The Bradda Boy" is just that. The 28-year-old, who has a pro-MMA record of 23-7-1, is fighting from Pearl City, HI and will win his PFL welterweight title on October 27th at the Hard. Defending Rock live in Hollywood, FL against his old nemesis Magomed Magomedkerimov.
On his first round with the PFL in 2018, Cooper made it to the final round, looking strong and in prime fighting shape, but had to get out of Russia's Magomedkerimov after a temporary mistake that resulted in being guillotined into Russia's Magomedkerimov the second round. Undeterred, Cooper made his return to the PFL in 2019, and this time, in a tournament Magomedkerimov was absent from, the Hawaiian took home gold and a cool $ million after a thrilling tournament final in which he defeated David Michaud.
There was no PFL tournament in 2020 due to COVID, but 2021 is proving to be a thriller that makes up for lost time as Cooper will again face Magomedkerimov in a rematch that he hopes won't just see him defend the title and earn another $ 1 million payday, but also avenge his 2018 loss.
While taking his family out to see his grandmother, the champion shared five solid reasons why he remains an MMA star who crushes the competition.