Tape rankings @ Welterweight
Who won III vs Ponet?
Ray Cooper beat Jason Ponet by submission in the 1st round, during the co-main event of PFL 2021 #2, on Thursday 29th April 2021 at Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 3 rounds in the Welterweight division, which meant the weight limit was 170 pounds (12.1 stone or 77.1 KG).
III vs Ponet stats
Ray Cooper stepped into the ring with a record of 20 wins, 7 loses and 1 draw, 14 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 6 by submission.
Jason Ponet made his way to the ring with a record of 20 wins, 12 loses and 1 draw, with 6 of those wins by knock out and 5 by submission.
The stats suggested Cooper had a massive power advantage over Ponet, boasting at 70% knock out percentage over Ponet's 30%.
Ray Cooper was the younger man by 4 years, at 29 years old.
Ponet had a height advantage of 3 inches over Cooper.
Cooper was arguably the less experienced fighter, having had 5 less fights, and made his debut in 2012, 4 year and 2 months later than Ponet, whose first professional fight was in 2008. He had fought 51 more professional rounds, 51 to Ponet's 0.
III vs Ponet form
Cooper had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going to the judges twice.
In his last fight before this contest, he had defeated Jason Ponet at PFL 2021 #2 on 29th April 2021 by in the 1st round at Ocean Casino Resort, Atlantic City, United States.
Previous to that, he had defeated David Michaud at PFL 2019 #10 on 31st December 2019 by knockout in the 2nd round at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City.
Going into that contest, he had beat Chris Curtis at PFL 2019 #7 on 11th October 2019 by knockout in the 2nd round at Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas.
Before that, he had been beaten by John Howard at PFL 2019 #4 on 11th July 2019 by knockout in the 1st round at Ocean Casino Resort, Atlantic City.
He had won against Zane Kamaka at PFL 2019 #1 on 9th May 2019 by knockout in the 2nd round at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Long Island.
Cooper's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years and 8 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 7 months and 8 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 8 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 1.6 rounds on average.