The 2019 PFL welterweight champion will leplace the 2023 PFL welterweight champion on the promotion’s upcoming card that pins its champions and combatants against their Bellator counterparts.
With Magomed Magomedkerimov out with an undisclosed hurt, Ray Cooper III has stepped in to fight Bellator welterweight champion Jason Jackson on the PFL vs. Bellator: Champions event Feb. 24 in Saudi Arabia, a promotion reliable suggested MMA Junkie on Monday.
The bout will be contested at a shrunk weight of 182 kilos.
Cooper (25-10-1) has simplest competed as soon as since July 2022, as he angled to raise to middleweight, a non-season weight division for PFL. His most most up-to-date fight used to be in November when he lost a unanimous decision to Derek Brunson.
Jackson (17-4) rides high off a title-clinching knockout of Yaroslav Amosov at Bellator 301 in November. The victory extended his a success wander to seven. He additionally holds wins over Douglas Lima, Paul Daley, and Neiman Gracie amongst others.
With the exchange, the PFL vs. Bellator: Champions now contains:
MAIN CARD (ESPN+ pay-per-grasp, 3 p.m. ET)
- Renan Ferreira vs. Ryan Bader
- Impa Kasanganay vs. Johnny Eblen
- Ray Cooper III vs. Jason Jackson
- Jesus Pinedo vs. Patricio Pitbull
- Bruno Cappelozza vs. Vadim Nemkov
- Thiago Santos vs. Yoel Romero
- Clay Collard vs. AJ McKee
PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN+, ESPNews, 12: 30 p.m. ET)
- Gabriel Braga vs. Aaron Pico
- Biaggio Ali Walsh (professional debut) vs. Chris Morris
- Claressa Shields vs. Kelsey DeSantis
- Abdullah Al-Qahtani vs. Edukondal Rao
- Malik Basahel vs. Vinicius Pereira
For more on the card, search advice from MMA Junkie’s event hub for PFL vs. Bellator: Champions.