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Brett
Cooper
would like nothing more than to bolster his bank
account.

“Fudoshin” will take his first swings at a potential $1 million
payday in the
Professional Fighters League
when he kicks off his 2022
campaign against Rory
MacDonald
in a
PFL 3
welterweight feature on Friday at Esports Stadium in
Arlington, Texas. Cooper, 34, enters the cage on the heels of
back-to-back victories. He last appeared on Aug. 13, when he made a
successful promotional debut with a scintillating first-round
knockout of
Dana White’s Contender Series
alum Tyler Hill
at 2021 PFL 7.

As Cooper makes final preparations for his forthcoming
confrontation with MacDonald at 170 pounds, here are five things
you might not know about him:

1. He was not eased into the workforce.

Cooper made his professional mixed martial arts debut at the age of
18 when he buried Cody Culkin
with first-round punches at Total Combat 10 on Oct. 15, 2005. He
compiled a 4-4 record in eight appearances as a teenager, with
losses to Ed Ratcliff,
Bryan
Joplin
, Jesse
Romero
and Toby
Grear
.

2. He scaled at least one mountain.

The Los Angeles native laid claim to the vacant Absolute
Championship Berkut welterweight crown when he punched out Aslambek
Saidov
in the third round of their ACB 50 co-main event in
December 2016. Cooper held the title for just 244 days. He
surrendered it in a knockout defeat to Mukhamed
Berkhamov
in the ACB 67 headliner the following August.

3. Talent and dependability made him a desirable
commodity.

Cooper has competed in eight countries—the United States, Mexico,
Brazil, Canada, Poland, England, Russia and Australia—and appeared
in 20 different promotions during his 43-fight career, including

KSW
, Bellator
MMA
, Jungle
Fight
, Affliction, Shooto,
Gladiator Challenge and the
International Fight League
.

4. He primes for battle.

The former ACB champion operates out of Team Bodyshop MMA in
Lakewood, California, where he has trained alongside onetime
Bellator featherweight titleholder A.J. McKee and
undefeated welterweight prospect Joey
Davis
.

5. Audiences blink at their own risk.

Cooper has nine first-round finishes to his credit, which account
for nearly a third of his 28 career victories. Included among them:
a 10-second knockout of former King of
the Cage
middleweight champion Keith Barry at a Lords of the
Cage event on Nov. 19, 2010.


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