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.
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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