Ray Cooper III remembers the first time he saw his dad fight. It was July 9, 2004 against Jake Shields, and the vacant Shooto welterweight championship was on the line.
Cooper III, only 11 years old at the time, actually had walked his dad out to the ring that night at Neal Blaisdell Center in Honolulu. And what he witnessed was his father get submitted in the first round by rear-naked choke. The title victory was revenge for Shields, who’d lost a close majority decision to Ray Cooper Jr. two years earlier.
Now, 14 years later, it’ll be Cooper III (13-4) looking for redemption on his father’s behalf when he meets Shields (32-9-1) on Thursday night in the PFL 3 headliner to cap off a main card that airs on NBCSN following bouts streamed on Facebook…
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