Ray Cooper III
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|Ray Cooper III|
|Born||Raynald Cooper III|
February 7, 1993
Pearl City, Hawaii, United States
|Other names||Bradda Boy|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)|
|Reach||70.0 in (178 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Waianae, Hawaii, United States|
|Team||808 Fight Team|
Lion of Judah
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Raynald "Ray" Cooper III (born February 7, 1993) is a Hawaiian mixed martial artist currently competing in the Welterweight division of the Professional Fighters League. A professional competitor since 2012, he has also competed for King of the Cage.
Born and raised in Hawaii, Cooper began wrestling at the age of six and trained under the tutelage of his father, Ray Cooper Jr, a professional fighter. In Hawaii, Cooper was a three-time state champion wrestler, winning his last championship at 173 lbs. Upon graduating at the age of 18, he began his career in professional MMA, turning down a college scholarship to continue wrestling.
Mixed martial arts career
Cooper began competing as an amateur in 2011, compiling a record of 3-0 before turning professional in 2012. He then compiled a record of 13-5 before being signed by the Professional Fighters League.
Professional Fighters League
On October 20, 2018, Cooper faced Jake Shields in a rematch at PFL 10. He won the fight via technical knockout in the first round to advance to the semifinals of the playoffs. In the semifinals, Cooper defeated Handesson Ferreira in a rematch via technical knockout to advance to the Welterweight finals.
Cooper faced Magomed Magomedkerimov in the finals at PFL 11 on December 31, 2018. Cooper lost the fight via a guillotine choke submission in the second round. Curtis said of the fight, “I left my neck out too much. I thought I was winning that fight, you know, I was pressing the action. I just left my neck out. He has some slick guillotines, he has some long arms."
Cooper re-entered the welterweight tournament in 2019. He faced Sadibou Sy in the quarterfinals at PFL 7 on October 11, 2019. The fight ended in a draw with Cooper advancing. In the semifinals at the same event, he faced Chris Curtis and won by knockout in the second round. Cooper faced David Michaud in the finals at PFL 10 on December 31, 2019. He won the fight via TKO in the second round to win the 2019 PFL Welterweight Tournament.
Cooper has four younger brothers; Bronson, Blake, Baylen and Makoa. All won wrestling state titles as well, with Blake, now a mixed martial artist, winning three. Both Blake and Baylen wrestled for Warner Pacific University where they were NAIA national champions and All-Americans. He also has a younger sister named Makana who is currently competing in the Hawaii High School Girls Wrestling division. Even Cooper's wife is a former high school state wrestling champion.
Cooper and his wife have five children.
Championships and accomplishments
- Professional Fighters League
- Fastest Knockout in PFL History (0:18) vs. Pavel Kusch
- 2019 Welterweight Championship
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|28 matches||20 wins||7 losses|
|Win||20–7–1||David Michaud||TKO (punches)||PFL 10||December 31, 2019||2||2:56||New York City, New York, United States||Won the 2019 PFL Welterweight Tournament..|
|Win||19–7–1||Chris Curtis||KO (punch)||PFL 7||October 11, 2019||2||0:11||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||2019 PFL Welterweight Semifinal bout.|
|Draw||18–7–1||Sadibou Sy||Draw (unanimous)||2||5:00||2019 PFL Welterweight Quarterfinal bout.|
|Loss||18–7||John Howard||KO (punches)||PFL 4||July 11, 2019||1||3:23||Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|Win||18–6||Zane Kamaka||Submission (rear-naked choke)||PFL 1||May 9, 2019||2||4:29||Uniondale, New York||2019 PFL Welterweight Quarterfinal bout.|
|Loss||17–6||Magomed Magomedkerimov||Submission (guillotine choke)||PFL 11||December 31, 2018||2||2:18||New York City, New York, United States||For the 2018 PFL Welterweight Championship.|
|Win||17–5||Handesson Ferreira||TKO (punches)||PFL 10||October 20, 2018||1||2:28||Washington, D.C., United States||2018 PFL Welterweight Semifinal bout.|
|Win||16–5||Jake Shields||TKO (punches)||1||3:10||2018 PFL Welterweight Quarterfinal bout.|
|Win||15–5||Pavel Kusch||TKO (punches)||PFL 6||August 16, 2018||1||0:18||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||14–5||Jake Shields||TKO (punches)||PFL 3||July 5, 2018||2||2:09||Washington, D.C., United States|
|Loss||13–5||Handesson Ferreira||Decision (unanimous)||Mid-Pacific Championships 5||November 18, 2017||3||5:00||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Win||13–4||Charles Bennett||TKO (punches)||X-1 48: Braddah vs. Felony||August 12, 2017||2||2:48||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Win||12–4||Jonathan Pico||Submission (rear naked choke)||X-1 46: Armed and Dangerous||April 29, 2017||1||3:16||Kahului, Hawaii, United States|
|Loss||11–4||Jun Yong Park||Submission (anaconda choke)||Pacific Xtreme Combat 56||March 25, 2017||1||N/A||Guam|
|Win||11–3||Matthew Colquhoun||KO (punch)||X-1 45: Live||January 28, 2017||1||0:04||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Win||10–3||Zach Conn||KO (punches)||X-1 44: The Return||September 24, 2016||1||0:12||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States||Welterweight debut.|
|Win||9–3||Gabe Rivas||KO (punches)||Star Elite Cage Fighting||April 29, 2016||1||1:41||Waipahu, Hawaii, United States|
|Win||8–3||Josh Drake||Submission (front choke)||Gladiator Challenge: Season's Beatings||November 28, 2015||1||1:06||Rancho Mirage, California, United States||Won the vacant Gladiator Challenge Lightweight Championship.|
|Win||7–3||Adrian Bartree||KO (punch)||Gladiator Challenge: Showdown||August 15, 2015||1||0:34||Rancho Mirage, California, United States|
|Win||6–3||David Douglas||TKO (punches)||Star Elite Cage Fighting||August 7, 2015||1||0:27||Waipahu, Hawaii, United States|
|Win||5–3||Dave Mazany||Submission (rear naked choke)||Star Elite Cage Fighting||March 20, 2015||2||1:24||Waipahu, Hawaii, United States|
|Win||4–3||Jody Carter||TKO (punches)||Gladiator Challenge: Season's Beatings||November 22, 2014||1||1:58||Rancho Mirage, California, United States|
|Loss||3–3||Craig Jackson||TKO (strikes)||War On The Valley Isle 3||November 8, 2014||1||2:25||Kahului, Hawaii, United States|
|Loss||3–2||Danny Navarro||Submission (guillotine choke)||Gladiator Challenge: Payback||August 30, 2014||1||1:34||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Win||3–1||Nate Harris||Submission (guillotine choke)||Destiny MMA: Na Koa 5||May 3, 2014||1||2:52||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Loss||2–1||Joey Gomez||Technical Submission (rear-naked choke)||Destiny MMA: Na Koa 3||April 6, 2013||1||2:21||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Win||2–0||Adam Smith||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Destiny MMA: Na Koa 2||January 19, 2013||1||4:41||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Win||1–0||Kani Correa||KO (punch)||KOTC Ali'is||July 14, 2012||1||0:08||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
- "Ray Cooper III fighter profile".
- Sherdog.com. "Ray Cooper III: Family Ties and Unimaginable Highs". Sherdog.
- "PFL 3 results: Ray Cooper III rolls over Jake Shields in main event".
- "PFL 10 preview: Cooper III vs. Shields rematch among playoff fights in Washington DC".
- "Ray Cooper III Blows Away Jake-Shields, Handesson Ferreira in PFL Welterweight Playoffs".
- "Fight Card - 2019 PFL 10". PFL.
- "Cooper Bros. Bring Home Titles from CCC Championships". Warner Pacific University Athletics.
- Mick Hammond (May 29, 2020). "Ray Cooper III staying ready to fight in PFL again, looks back at his wins over Jake Shields". mmaweekly.com.