Cooper III likes to count in millions.
The heavy-handed Hawaiian will begin his quest for a third
Professional Fighters League welterweight championship and the
$1 million prize attached to it when he battles Carlos
Leal Miranda in the
PFL 3 co-main event on Friday at Esports Stadium in Arlington,
Texas. Cooper opens his latest campaign on a six-fight winning
streak. He last appeared in the 2021 PFL welterweight final on Oct.
27, when he wiped out Magomed
Magomedkerimov with punches in the third round of their
rematch. Miranda, meanwhile, jumps into the deep end of the pool
following back-to-back victories on the PFL Challenger Series. He
last competed at PFL Challenger Series 8, where he eked out a split
decision over Chris Brown
on April 8.
As Cooper and Brown make final adjustments ahead of their
forthcoming clash at 170 pounds, a look at some of the numbers that
have accompanied them to this point:
29: Years of age for Cooper, who was born on Feb.
7, 1993 in Pearl City, Hawaii.
15: Cooper wins by knockout or technical knockout,
accounting for 63% of his career total (24). His list of PFL
victims: Magomedkerimov, Jake Shields
Ferreira and Pavel Kusch.
Cooper owns seven other wins by submission and two more by
1: Stalemate on the Cooper resume. He fought to a
majority draw with Sadibou Sy
in the PFL welterweight quarterfinals on Oct. 11, 2019.
4: Seconds needed for Cooper to punch out Matthew
Colquhoun at X-1 World Events 45 in January 2017. Having
occurred more than five years ago, it remains his fastest finish to
120: Combined victories between the seven
opponents—Magomedkerimov, Ferreira, John Howard,
Yong Park, Craig
Navarro and Joey
Gomez—who have defeated Cooper. They boast a cumulative .727
winning percentage (120-43-2).
27: Years of age for Miranda, who was born in
Curitiba, Brazil, on May 4, 1994.
6: Miranda victories by knockout or technical
knockout, accounting for 38% of his career total (16). Korey Kuppe,
Francisco Cylderlan Lima da Silva are among those he has
victimized. Miranda also holds two victories by submission, six
others by decision, another by disqualification and one more via
2,777: Days since Miranda last tasted defeat. He
dropped a three-round unanimous decision to Eduardo
Garvon on Sept. 28, 2014, and in 10 subsequent appearances, he
has compiled a perfect 10-0 record with six finishes.
9: Calendar years in which Miranda has fought at
least once. In addition to his 2-0 mark in 2022, he went 3-0 in
2012, 1-1 in 2013, 2-2 in 2014, 2-0 in 2015, 1-0 in 2016, 2-0 in
2017, 1-0 in 2019 and 2-0 in 2021.
.736: Cumulative winning percentage between the
three opponents—Garvon, Tim Ruberg
Silva—who have beaten Miranda. They sport a combined record of