For the second year in a row, the Professional Fighters League (PFL) is offering $1 million and a champion belt to each overall winner from their respective weight class. The welterweight division may be the most stacked of all PFL divisions and has been responsible for some of the best fights and finishes of 2019.
One of the more notable names at 170 pounds is Ray Cooper III, a powerful striker from Hawaii who has punched his ticket to the championship finals for the second year running. He has compiled a record of 2-1-1 in 2019 and most recently fought twice in one night.
On December 31, Cooper will face PFL newcomer David Michaud for the vacant welterweight title as well as the $1 million prize that’s up for grabs.
“He fought in the UFC and has been fighting for a while,” Cooper said. “I don’t think he’s fought this much in a year. So I think his body’s probably not doing too good because he cuts a lot of weight. He always looks drained at the weigh-ins. So I think I’ve got an advantage with that.”
“I don’t think he’s going to come forward, but I’m going to come forward to him. We’re going to through some shots, and I’m going to land sooner or later. I’m faster than him, my wrestling is superior to his, so it’s going to be a good fight. All in all, I’m going to dominate him.”