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Highlights! Ray Cooper III grinds out Rory MacDonald, sets up rematch vs. Magomed Magomedkerimov

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Ray Cooper III PFL 7 Photo: Cooper Neill

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Just moments ago, Ray Cooper III secured entry to the Professional Fighter’s League (PFL) tournament finals for the third time. The defending PFL Welterweight kingpin squared off with a well-established name in the MMA world in Rory MacDonald, but he ended up dominating the Canadian.

Early on, it was MacDonald who intended to impose a grappling-based game plan, wrapping up the clinch and driving his foe to fence. However, Cooper showed off his strength in reversing position and quickly scoring his own takedown. From bottom position, MacDonald could do little more then hang on, doing his best to mitigate damage while remaining trapped in guard.

Even as MacDonald tried to avoid his foe’s wrestling later in the fight and force a kickboxing bout, Cooper’s takedowns would not be denied. His top control wasn’t the most devastating, but the Hawaiian landed some solid left hands en route to the decision win.

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As a result of his victory, Cooper will meet Magomed Magomedkerimov in the finals of the Welterweight bracket. Magomedkerimov picked up the decision nod over Sadibou Sy in the co-main event, and he has a history with Cooper. The Russian submitted Cooper via guillotine choke in the 2018 PFL finals and is unbeaten since 2018, so there’s a lot on the line when the two meet once again — even aside from $1 million!

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