PFL 3: Rory MacDonald Returns to Win Column With First-Round Sub of Brett Cooper

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Rory MacDonald and Brett Cooper, PFL 3Rory MacDonald and Brett Cooper, PFL 3 astatine the Esports Stadium Arlington successful Arlington, Texas, Friday, May 6, 2022. (Cooper Neill / PFL)

Rory MacDonald’s debut play successful the PFL came to a premature extremity past year, with the erstwhile Bellator champ bounced from the playoffs by Ray Cooper III.

At PFL 3 connected Friday successful Arlington, Texas, Canada’s “Red King” kicked disconnected his 2022 run against a antithetic Cooper — chap Bellator MMA seasoned Brett Cooper.

It didn’t instrumentality agelong for MacDonald to get backmost successful the triumph file connected Friday night. The Canadian took the combat to the crushed early, and his accomplishment connected the mat proved excessively overmuch for Cooper. MacDonald spent plentifulness of clip connected apical and successful control, yet moving his mode past Cooper’s defender into mount. From there, MacDonald flattened his hostile out, and began raining down crushed n’ pound. Cooper initially covered up, but with punches getting through, helium rolled, giving up his back. MacDonald saw his opening, slipping successful the rear-naked choke. Well nether the chin, Cooper had nary prime but to tap.

Just similar that, Rory MacDonald was backmost successful the triumph column. With defending champ Ray Cooper III having missed weight, leaving him with -1 points for the season, MacDonald is successful premier presumption moving forward. The first-round decorativeness gives him six points, which bodes good for a playoff spot aboriginal this year.

MacDonald’s triumph made Canada 1-1 connected the night, meanwhile, aft different erstwhile Bellator champ, Julia Budd, suffered an upset nonaccomplishment against Genah Fabian.

Official Result: Rory MacDonald def. Brett Cooper by submission (rear-naked choke), Round 1, 2:23

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