Defending PFL welterweight champion Ray Cooper III is one win away from defending his title.
Cooper III took a comfortable unanimous decision win over former Bellator champion Rory MacDonald Friday night at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood in Hollywood, Florida.
MacDonald tried to close the distance but Cooper III took the fight to the ground and almost submitted MacDonald with an arm-triangle in the first round.
It was pretty much the same story in the second and third rounds. MacDonald just could not keep the fight standing long enough to combat Cooper III’s ground offensive.
With the win, Cooper III will face Magomed Magomedkerimov in the final to defend his title and win a $1 million USD prize.
Magmedkerimov defeated Sadibou Sy by unanimous decision in the co-main event to advance.
In the lightweight bracket, Raush Manfio will meet Loik Radzhabov in the finals after both won their semi-final bouts on the main card.
In other results:
RAY COOPER III DEF. RORY MACDONALD VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
MAGOMED MAGOMEDKERIMOV DEF. SADIBOU SY VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
RAUSH MANFIO DEF. CLAY COLLARD VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
LOIK RADZHABOV DEF. ALEXANDER MARTINEZ VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
GLEISON TIBAU DEF. MICAH TERRILL VIA SUBMISSION (ARM-TRIANGLE) R1 2:18
OLIVIER AUBIN-MERCIER DEF. DARRELL HORCHER VIA UD (29-28, 30-26, 29-27)
BRETT COOPER DEF. TYLER HILL VIA KO (PUNCHES) R1 2:32
MAGOMED UMALATOV DEF. LEANDRO SILVAVIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
MICHAEL LOMBARDO DEF. KYRON BOWEN VIA TKO (LEG KICKS) R1 3:42
ELVIN ESPINOZA DEF. HOPETON STEWARTVIA SUBMISSION (RNC) R1 2:45
The next PFL playoff event features the women’s lightweight and men’s heavyweight semi-finals and is slated for Aug. 19. The current lineup is:
KAYLA HARRISON (10-0-0) VS. GENAH FABIAN (4-1-0)
BRUNO CAPPELOZZA (12-5-0) VS. JAMELLE JONES (11-6-0)
LARISSA PACHECCO (15-4-0) VS. TAYLOR GUARDADO (2-1-0)
DENIS GOLTSOV (27-6-0) VS. ANTE DELIJA (18-4-0)
RENAN FERREIRA (7-2-0, 1NC) VS. STUART AUSTIN (15-6-0)
KAITLIN YOUNG (12-11-1) VS. MARINA MOKHNATKINA (5-2-0)
CARL SEUMANUTAFA (12-13-0) VS. MUHAMMED DEREESE (8-4-0)
MARIANA MORAIS (17-11-0) VS. ZAMZAGUL FAYZALLANOVA (6-1-0)
CYNTHIA VESCAN (0-0-0) VS. AMANDA LEVE (0-0-0)
TBD VS. TBD