The other fight determined by the results of last Friday night’s PFL 7 to be contested on the New Year’s Eve PFL championship card takes place in the PFL Welterweight division.

No. 6 seed Ray Cooper III will fight No. 5 seed David Michaud for the Welterweight belt, won last year by Magomed Magomedkerimov, who held the No. 2 seed in this year’s bracket.

More on Magomed Magomedkerimov in a moment.

Contender Comparison:

Heading into the New Year’s Eve fight, David Michaud is the taller contestant, standing 5-foot-9, two inches taller than Ray Cooper III’s 5-foot-7 frame.

How they got here:

Ray Cooper III defeated No. 3 seed Sadibou Sy in the quarterfinals by tiebreaker (judge’s opinion) after the scorecards generated a majority draw.

He was set to face No. 2 seed Magomed Magomedkerimov, but Magomedkerimov was unable to proceed through to the semifinals after becoming ill between fights.

No. 7 seed Chris Curtis, who lost to Magomedkerimov in the quarterfinal and subsequently retired from MMA as a competitor after the defeat, reentered the tournament and lost to Cooper III in the semifinals.

Magomedkerimov wasn’t the only competitor to retire last Friday.

David Michaud defeated No. 4 seed John Howard by unanimous decision in the quarterfinal to advance to fight No. 1 seed Glaico Franca.

Michaud defeated Franca by majority decision in the last fight on Friday night, and Franca also retired from MMA as a competitor after the event.

We wish both Franca and Curtis the best of luck in their future endeavors.

The Tale of the Tape:

Tapology shows that Ray Cooper III has a one-inch reach advantage (70 inches to 69 inches) over David Michaud.

Prediction: Ray Cooper III by decision.

PFL Welterweight Championship: Tuesday, Dec. 31, ESPN2

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My name is Drew Zuhosky and I’m the MMA writer here at Armchair All-Americans. I’ve been an MMA fan for the better part of the last decade and I always make time to watch the fights. Whether it’s a Saturday night pay-per-view, an online exclusive, or a cable broadcast, there’s one certainty: Somewhere in my house, the TV will be on and I’ll be yelling at it. I sincerely hope that you will enjoy my articles on MMA. I pledge to you that my articles will be knockouts, not judges’ decisions. (Everybody hates judges’ decisions, anyway because there’s a chance for the element of human error involved in the outcome.) In any event, please check back to see what I have for you in terms of MMA material. Let’s get going.
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