PFL 3 full results, highlights and standings: Jake Shields gets face-planted in main event

Ray Cooper III, Jake Shields
PFL 3 from the Smith Center in Washington, DC

Last night, the Professional Fighters League (PFL) touched down in Washington DC with PFL 3. This event featured the opening rounds for the league’s welterweight and middleweight seasons, and just like their first two shows, it was an absolute thriller.

In the main event, former Strikeforce middleweight champion and UFC welterweight title challenger Jake Shields was absolutely whooped by a relative unknown in Ray Cooper III. This massive upset came with an interesting footnote, as Shields had twice battled Cooper’s father, Ray Cooper II, going 1-1. So, this was not just “Jake Shields vs. Ray Cooper III” in the sense that Shields was fighting Ray Cooper the third. It was also Jake Shields vs. Ray Cooper III in the sense that it was Shield’s third fight with an opponent named Ray Cooper. Like I said… an interesting footnote.

Elsewhere on the card, we saw other significant upsets, as Abubakar Nurmagomedov, the cousin of Khabib Nurmagomedov, was tapped out by massive Ukrainian underdog in Pavel Kusch.

Other highlights of the card included a decision win from UFC veteran Rick Story and a submission win from UFC veteran John Howard.

Here are the full PFL 3 results, along with some of the highlights.

Ray Cooper III (5 pts.) def. Jake Shields (0 pts.) by TKO (strikes) at 2:09 R2

Pavlo Kusch (5 pts.) def. Abubakar Nurmagomedov (0 pts.) by submission (rear naked-choke) at 1:23 R2

Rick Story (3 pts.) def. Yuri Villefort (0 pts.) by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27 and 30-27) 

Shamil Gamzatov (3 pts.) def. Eddie Gordon (0 pts.) by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 and 29-28)

John Howard (5 pts.) vs. Gasan Umalatov (0 pts.) by submission (rear naked-choke) at 2:59 R2

Magomed Kerimov (6 pts.) def. Herman Terrado (0 pts.) by TKO (technical submission RNC) at 4:54 1R

Joao Zeferino (6 pts.) def. Paul Bradley (0 pts.) by knockout at 1:58 1R

Bruno Santos (3 pts.) def. Sadibou Sy (0 pts.) by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28 and 29-28)

Louis Taylor (4 pts.) def. Anderson Goncalves (0 pts.) by TKO (strikes) at 1:58 3R

Rex Harris (3 pts.) def. Andre Lobato (0 pts.) by split-decision (28-29, 29-28 and 29-28)

Abus Magomedov (6 pts.) def. Danillo Villefort (0 pts.) by TKO (strikes) at 3:37 1R

Bojan Velickovic (5 pts.) def. Jonatan Westin (0 pts.) by TKO (strikes) at 2:20 2R

Here are the PFL middleweight and welterweight standings after one round:

Note: PFL awards 3 points for a win, + 3 bonus points for a first-round finish, 2 bonus points for a second-round finish, and 1 bonus point for a third-round finish.

PFL 3 welterweight standings

What was your favorite moment from PFL 3 in Washington DC?

This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 7/5/2018.