Boasting an intriguing main event between Jake Shields and Ray Cooper III, plus the PFL debut of Rick Story, PFL 3 sets the stage for the middleweights and welterweights to kick off their regular season.
All fighters appearing at PFL 3 on Thursday, July 5 hit the scales on Wednesday — and all fighters made weight. That means the Washington, D.C. card is a go!
As it happens, there’s a rather interesting story line set to play out in the main event of PFL 3. Notable welterweight Jake Shields, who has won or fought for gold pretty much everywhere over the course of his long career, is set to face off against Ray Cooper III.
Shields (32–9–1 (1)), 39, faced off against Ray Cooper Jr., his current opponent’s father, back in 2004. He scored a first round submission win in the fight, a rematch from an earlier meeting where Cooper Jr. had won a majority decision.
The man who would go on to win championships in Strikeforce and EliteXC won the Shooto welterweight championship that night. During the course of his career, he’d challenge for gold in the UFC and WSOF as well. Now, he’s ready to debut in the Professional Fighters League million dollar tournament.
Cooper Jr last fought in 2008, finishing his career a respectable 14-9. His son now trains with with him, and boasts a solid 13-4 record of his own.
Check below for full weigh-in results and a gallery of all fighters facing off!
Jake Shields (32-9-1) 170.4 lbs. vs. Ray Cooper (14-3) 170.6 lbs.
Abubakar Nurmagomedov (14-1) 171.0 lbs. vs. Pavlo Kusch (22-5) 169.4 lbs.
Rick Story (19-9) 170.6 lbs. vs. Yuri Villefort (11-5) 170.6 lbs.
Shamil Gamzatov (11-0) 185.6 lbs. vs. Eddie Gordon (8-4) 186.0 lbs.
John Howard (25-13) 185.6 lbs. vs. Gasan Umalatov (17-4-2) 185.8 lbs.
Herman Terrado (15-3-1) 169.2 lbs. vs. Magomed Kerimov (18-5) 170.8 lbs.
Joao Zeferino (21-9) 170.8 lbs. vs. Paul Bradley (23-8) 171.0 lbs.
Bruno Santos (16-2) 185.8 lbs. vs. Sadibou Sy (16-2) 185.6 lbs.
Louis Taylor (14-4) 186.0 lbs. vs. Anderson Goncalves (11-1) 185.4 lbs.
Rex Harris (10-3) 185.8 lbs. vs. Andre Lobato (24-7) 185.2 lbs.
Danillo Villefort (15-5) 183.8 lbs. vs. Abus Magomedov (18-3) 185.6 lbs.
Bojan Velickovic (15-6-1) 170.2 lbs. vs. Jonatan Westin (10-2) 170.6 lbs.