The Professional Fighters League held PFL 3, July 5 at the Charles E. Smith Center at The George Washington University. All fights on the Thursday night fight card were contested in the welterweight and middleweight divisions.
The 12-bout card featured the highly-anticipated fight between Jake Shields, welterweight star and former UFC fighter, and Ray Cooper III, who boasts a 100% finish rate with eight KOs and five submissions. The card also featured Abubakar Nurmagomedov, a Russian native and cousin of current UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, who will also step into the cage with fellow welterweight Pavlo Kusch from Ukraine.
What a night it was for Ray Cooper whose fighter fought Shields not once, but twice, most recently 14 years ago. Cooper bloodied Shields early in the first round and never let him up to breathe. The Hawaii native beat on Shields every chance he got, defeating the favorite in what could possibly be the biggest upset PFL will ever see.
The 24 middleweight and welterweight PFL fighters are all in the running to earn a place in PFL’s debut season “win-or-go-home” playoffs and the December 31 championship event where $10 million will be awarded—the largest prize pool in MMA history. Each champion in PFL’s six weight classes will go home with the title and $1 million.
PFL 3 Results below:
Ray Cooper defeated Jake Shields via TKO – Round 2, 2:09
Pavlo Kusch defeated Abubakar Nurmagomedov via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:23
Rick Story vs. Yuri Villefort
Shamil Gamzatov defeated Eddie Gordon via unanimous decision
John Howard defeated Gasan Umalatov via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 2:59
Herman Terrado defeated Magomed Kerimov via TKO (technical submission rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 4:54
Joao Zeferino defeated Paul Bradley via KO – Round 1, 1:58
Bruno Santos defeated Sadibou Sy via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Louis Taylor defeated Anderson Goncalves via TKO – Round 3, 1:58
Rex Harris defeated Andre Lobato via split decision (28-29, 29-28 and 29-28)
Abus Magomedov defeated Danillo Villefort via TKO – Round 1, 3:37
Bojan Velickovic defeated Jonatan Westin via TKO – Round 2, 2:20