Ray Cooper III suffers opening round upset in PFL
Hawaii's Ray Cooper III suffered a stunning first round loss on Thursday night in Atlantic City against John 'Doomsday' Howard in the Professional Fighters League.
With 3:23 seconds left in the first round the welterweight fight was called to a stop. Cooper landed 8/9 total strikes before Howard (28-15) was able to catch Cooper with a pair of devastating lefts. The second dropped Cooper before the referee stepped in.
Despite the loss, Ray Cooper III still has enough points to qualify for the Professional Fighter's League playoff for the second straight year. Cooper also still has a chance for the million dollar prize. The PFL Welterweight Playoffs begin on October 11 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Cooper went undefeated in the playoffs last year, before falling in the finale.
Thursday's loss drops him to 18-7 as a professional.