PFL 2022 #3 Ray Cooper III vs. Carlos Leal Prediction, Tips & Odds – May. 06, 2022
Ray Cooper III vs. Carlos Leal
Last year’s winner and one of the biggest PFL stars, Ray Cooper III, fights against Brazilian fighter Carlos Leal. Originally, Cooper was supposed to fight Magomed Umalatov in the first round of the tournament, but the match was canceled, and the dangerous Brazilian Leal came in as a replacement. Precisely for that reason, the well-known betting sites had a particularly difficult task to set odds on this match.
Cooper was very dominant in the tournament last year and won the belt in the PFL welterweight category and another million dollars. This time, he is starting to do the same, and probably to secure a good contract with the UFC. He has six wins in a row and he had very dangerous opponents. He opened last year’s tournament against Jason Ponet and won in the first round, securing 6 points. Then, he defeated Aleksakhin and MacDonald very dominantly, and in the finals, won against Magomedkerimov. The cooper is a bit low for the welterweight category, but it is very strong and explosive.
Cooper is one of the few fighters in the lower categories to have dominant K.O. power. He prefers to do body kicks from the clinch. By the way, Cooper is a wrestler/grappler by vocation and he won a lot of fights by submission at the beginning of his career. He has a problem with fighters who have better skills on the ground than him.
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Leal accepted the match just a few weeks before this event. He is in a series of 10 wins, and his last match was less than a month ago, and this is his third in 2022, which means that he is always ready and active. Lael is great at stand up, goes forward and prefers Muay Thai fighting style. He is perfectly fit. He often changes stands and sometimes resembles the Marlon Vera we had a chance to watch last week at the UFC. Although he is a champion in the LFA, he also fought in Bellator, but his opponents were not even close to the quality of Ray Cooper. The question is how he will react if Ray picks him up and transfers him to the ground floor.
We believe that Cooper has a great chance to win this fight before the end of time, and the odds offered by 22Bet are great!
Cooper III: 29 years, 24W-7L-1D, height 170cm, reach 173cm.
Leal: 29 years, 16W-3L, height 180cm, reach 183cm.
The match starts on the night from Friday to Saturday around 03:00, Central European Time.
Cooper III vs. Leal Prediction
Prediction: Cooper by KO, TKO, or interruption
Betting site: 22bet
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