Tape rankings @ Welterweight
Who won MacDonald vs Cooper?
Rory MacDonald beat Brett Cooper by submission in the 1st round, during the main card of PFL 2022 #3, on Friday 6th May 2022 at Esports Stadium Arlington in Arlington.
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).
MacDonald vs Cooper stats
Rory MacDonald stepped into the ring with a record of 22 wins, 8 loses and 1 draw, 7 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 8 by submission.
Brett Cooper made his way to the ring with a record of 28 wins, 15 loses and 0 draws, with 18 of those wins by knock out and 2 by submission.
The stats suggested Cooper had a massive power advantage over MacDonald, boosting at 64% knock out percentage over MacDonald's 32%.
Rory MacDonald was the younger man by 2 years, at 32 years old.
MacDonald had 4-inch reach advantage.
MacDonald was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 12 less fights. He had fought 6 less professional rounds, 84 to Cooper's 90.
MacDonald vs Cooper form
Rory MacDonald had beaten 2 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had lost to Ray Cooper at PFL 2021 #7 on 13th August 2021 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, United States.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Gleison Tibau at PFL 2021 #5 on 17th June 2021 by split decision in their 3 round contest at Ocean Casino Resort, Atlantic City.
Going into that contest, he had beat Curtis Millender at PFL 2021 #2 on 29th April 2021 by split decision in the 1st round at Ocean Casino Resort, Atlantic City.
Before that, he had lost to Douglas Lima at Bellator 232 on 26th October 2019 by unanimous decision in their Bellator Welterweight championship fight at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville.
He had won against Neiman Gracie at Bellator 222 on 14th June 2019 by unanimous decision in their Bellator Welterweight championship fight at Madison Square Garden, New York City.
MacDonald's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 11 months and 10 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 7 months and 3 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 17 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3.4 rounds on average.