LAS VEGAS – For the second straight year, Ray Cooper III is headed to the PFL welterweight final. After what he called a “slow start” in his night-opening draw Friday night against Sadibou Sy (8-5-2), Cooper (19-7-1) advanced to the second round via tiebreaker to face Magomed Magomedkerimov. However, when his Russian opponent fell ill, Cooper squared off with replacement fighter Chris Curtis (21-7). At the start of the second round, Cooper blasted Curtis with a punch, knocking him out cold Friday night at PFl Playofs 1 from Mandalay Bay Events Center. In a post-fight news conference following the conclusion of the event, Cooper broke down the two tournament fights. “It was a good night of fights.

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