Ray Cooper III closed out 2017 with a unanimous-decision loss to Handesson Ferreira on the regional scene in his native Hawaii. Four fights and nearly a full year later, Cooper had his revenge on Ferreira with a first-round TKO to punch his ticket to the PFL welterweight final after tearing through the regular season and playoffs.
What a turnaround.
“It wasn’t easy,” Cooper, 25, recently told MMAjunkie Radio. “But I train hard every day. That’s what I expect from myself when we go into fights. I don’t expect myself to go to the judges in any way. I come to finish fights. … I’m coming to take your head off.”