Jake Shields Will Take on Ray Cooper to Headline the 12-Bout Card; Abubakar Nurmagomedov Will Also Battle Pavlo Kusch in the Cage
The Professional Fighters League (“PFL”) today announced the lineup for PFL3, its third of seven regular season Thursday night events this summer. PFL 3 will bring live MMA action to the nation’s capital during Independence Week. On Thursday, July 5, 2018 at the Charles E. Smith Center at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., individual fighters will compete in the welterweight and middleweight divisions, each battling towards becoming champion of their weight class and winning over $1 million each. PFL 3 tickets go on pre-sale Wednesday, May 16, at 10 a.m. ET.
“We can’t wait to bring our true sport format to the nation’s capital,” said Ray Sefo, President of Fighting Operations of PFL. “The Fourth of July fireworks will carry over from the sky into the cage on July 5th because our PFL Fighters are going to light it up. With a $10 million post-season purse on the line and a shot at a title fight at the end of the year, these guys are going to bring it like never before!”
Jake Shields, welterweight star and former UFC fighter, will take on Ray “Braddah” Cooper III during PFL3’s Thursday night event. To triumph over Shields, Cooper will have to succeed where 32 of Shield’s earlier opponents have failed, including current UFC welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley, former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler, and MMA legend Dan Henderson.
“I’m looking forward to fighting under the PFL banner on July 5th in Washington, DC,” said PFL Fighter Jake Shields. “I’m confident that Cooper is just the first of many that I will defeat to become the PFL 2018 welterweight champion. I’m expecting a good fight, and I know that my training will give me the edge.”
PFL3 will also feature Abubakar Nurmagomedov, a Russian native and cousin of current UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, who will step into the cage against fellow welterweight Pavlo Kusch from Ukraine.
Presale tickets for 25% off regular price can be purchased from Wednesday, May 16 at 10 a.m. E.T. until 10 a.m. ET on Friday, May 18, at PFLmma.com. Full-priced tickets will go on sale Friday, May 18 at 10 a.m. ET.
Tickets can also be purchased on AudienceView at www.getgwtix.com.
Full PFL 3 Card
Jake Shields (32-9-1) vs Ray Cooper III (14-9)
Abubakar Nurmagomedov (14-1) vs Pavlo Kusch (22-4)
Rick Story (19-9) vs Yuri Villefort (11-5)
Shamil Gamzatov (11-0) vs Eddie Gordon (8-4)
Joao Zeferino (21-9) vs Paul Bradley (23-8)
John Howard (25-13) vs Gasan Umalatov (17-4-2)
Herman Terrado (15-3-1) vs Magomed Magomedkerimov (18-5)
Bruno Santos (16-2) vs Sadibou Sy (6-2)
Louis Taylor (14-4) vs Anderson Goncalves (11-1)
Rex Harris (10-3) vs Andre Lobato (24-7)
Danillo Villefort (15-5) vs Abus Magomedov (18-3)
Bojan Velickovic (15-6-1) vs Jonatan Westin (10-2)
The 2018 PFL season will feature 126 fights on Thursday nights in seven regular-season events, bracket-style “win or go home” playoffs, and a $10 million post-season prize pool—the largest prize pool in the history of MMA. The season will begin with 12 athletes in each of six different weight classes. Eight fighters from each class will earn their way into the playoff rounds, and one fighter in each division will earn the title of champion.
U.S.-based and international fans will be able to watch all PFL regular season, playoff, and championship fights—over 66 hours of live action—for free. In the United States, all of the PFL regular season events will air live on Thursday in primetime exclusively on NBCSN, and stream live on NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app, and pflmma.com. Outside the U.S., Facebook will stream up to six hours of free, live coverage for each event. In the U.S., fans can watch the first three hours of coverage of each event on Facebook.