Brett Cooper (fighter)

Brett Cooper (born July 2, 1987) is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in the Welterweight division. A professional competitor since 2005, he has also competed for Bellator, PFL, Affliction, Absolute Championship Berkut, IFL, KSW, and Jungle Fight.

Brett Cooper
Born (1987-07-02) July 2, 1987 (age 36)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Other namesFudoshin
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Reach70 in (178 cm)[1]
Fighting out ofLong Beach, California, United States
TeamBodyshop MMA
Years active2005–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout18
By submission2
By decision7
By disqualification1
By knockout7
By submission4
By decision6
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Background Edit

Cooper was born in Providence RI, and has lived in Long Beach, California his whole life.

Mixed martial arts career Edit

Early career Edit

Cooper made his professional debut in 2005 when he was 17 years old and won via TKO. He held a record of 5–4 with a split decision win over future EliteXC and Strikeforce veteran Conor Heun before facing future UFC and Strikeforce veteran Jason Von Flue. Cooper won the bout via TKO and then made his IFL debut in his next fight against future UFC veteran Rory Markham. Cooper won again via TKO against the Miletich Fighting Systems product and followed this up with another win to bring his record to 8-4 and making his debut in Affliction.

Affliction Edit

On January 24, 2009, Cooper fought Patrick Speight at Affliction: Day of Reckoning who he defeated by knockout.

Bellator Fighting Championships Edit

Season Two Welterweight Tournament Edit

Cooper fought Steve Carl as the main event at Bellator XV where is lost by split decision in the quarterfinals of the Bellator Season Two Welterweight Tournament.[2]

Non-tournament bouts Edit

In 2010, Cooper moved up to the Middleweight division. He fought Matt Major at Bellator XXIX where he won by second-round technical knockout.[2]

In 2011, Cooper fought three times for Bellator in non-tournament bouts. He faced Alexander Shlemenko at Bellator XLIV where he lost by unanimous decision.[3] Cooper fought Valdir Araujo at Bellator L where he won by third-round technical knockout.[4] Finally, Cooper fought Jared Hess at Bellator LVIII where he won by unanimous decision.[5]

In 2012, Cooper faced Darryl Cobb at Bellator LXXX where he won by unanimous decision.[6]

Season Eight Middleweight Tournament Edit

Cooper fought Norman Paraisy at Bellator LXXXIX in the quarterfinals of the Bellator Season Eight Middleweight Tournament.[7] He won the fight via unanimous decision. Cooper faced Dan Cramer in the semifinals at Bellator 92. Despite losing the first two rounds, Cooper rallied to win via TKO in the third round. He faced Doug Marshall in the finals and lost via knockout in the first round.

Despite losing in the finals, Cooper was chosen as a replacement for Marshall when his former opponent injured his hand. Having earlier lost to Shlemenko in 2011, Cooper had the rematch with him for the Middleweight title on September 7, 2013, at Bellator 98.[8] He lost the back-and-forth fight via unanimous decision.[9]

Season Ten Middleweight Tournament Edit

In March 2014, Cooper entered the Bellator Season 10 Middleweight tournament. He faced UFC veteran Kendall Grove in the semifinals at Bellator 114. After losing the first round, Cooper rallied back to win the bout via knockout in the second round. He faced Brandon Halsey in the tournament final at Bellator 122 and lost via submission.

Non-tournament bouts Edit

Stepping in as a replacement for an injured James Irvin, Cooper was set to face Brian Rogers at Bellator 125 on September 19, 2014.[10] However, a foot injury forced Cooper out of the bout, he was replaced with promotional newcomer Rafael Carvalho.[11]

Absolute Championship Berkut Edit

Cooper signed with ACB and faced Beslan Isaev at ACB 43: Battle on Sura on 20 August 2016. He won by unanimous decision.

Cooper beat second Chechen super star Aslanbek Saidov at ACB 50: Rasulov vs. Goltsov on December 18, 2016.[12] He won the fight via TKO in the third round and became a new ACB welterweight Champion.

Cooper faced Mukhamed Berkhamov at ACB 67: Cooper vs. Berkhamov on August 19, 2017. He lost the fight via knockout in the second round and lost ACB welterweight title.

Cooper faced Saraf Davlatmurodov at ACB 76: Cooper vs. Davlatmurodov on December 9, 2017.[13] He won the fight via TKO in the second round.

Cooper was scheduled to face Beslan Isaev at ACA 116: Froes vs Balaev. However, after making weight, he consulted with his lawyers and decided to refuse fighting because of the U.S. Department of Treasury and Great Britain's sanctions policy against Kadyrov and any organization owned by him, this including Absolute Championship Akhmat. Under these sanctions, it is illegal for any US citizen to do business with any of these entities, meaning that all American fighters could face fines or jail time if they fight for the organization.[14][15]

Professional Fighters League Edit

Cooper was scheduled to face Nikolay Aleksakhin on August 13, 2021, at PFL 7.[16] However, on August 4, it was announced that Aleksakhin had to pull out of the match-up and was replaced by Tyler Hill.[17] Cooper won the bout in the first round via knockout.[18]

PFL season 2022 Edit

Cooper faced Rory MacDonald on May 6, 2022, at PFL 3.[19] Cooper lost the bout in the first round via rear-naked choke.[20]

Cooper faced Ray Cooper III on July 1, 2022, at PFL 6.[21] He lost the bout via TKO stoppage 24 seconds into the bout.[22]

Personal life Edit

Brett Cooper remains single and unmarried, with 2 brothers one who died.[23]

Championships and accomplishments Edit

Mixed martial arts record Edit

Professional record breakdown
45 matches 28 wins 17 losses
By knockout 18 7
By submission 2 4
By decision 7 6
By disqualification 1 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 28–17 Ray Cooper III TKO (knees and punches) PFL 6 July 1, 2022 1 0:24 Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Loss 28–16 Rory MacDonald Submission (rear-naked choke) PFL 3 May 6, 2022 1 2:23 Arlington, Texas, United States
Win 28–15 Tyler Hill KO (punches) PFL 7 August 13, 2021 1 2:32 Hollywood, Florida, United States
Win 27–15 Alexey Efremov DQ (illegal knee) ACA 103: Yagshimuradov vs. Butorin December 14, 2019 1 1:02 Saint Petersburg, Russia
Loss 26–15 Sharaf Davlatmurodov TKO (punches) ACA 99: Bagov vs. Khaliev September 27, 2019 2 0:24 Moscow, Russia
Loss 26–14 Salamu Abdurakhmanov Submission (anaconda choke) ACA 95: Tumenov vs. Abdulaev April 27, 2019 1 2:46 Moscow, Russia For the inaugural ACA Middleweight Championship
Win 26–13 Azamat Amagov Decision (majority) ACA 91: Agujev vs. Silvério January 26, 2019 3 5:00 Grozny, Russia
Win 25–13 André Santos KO (punches) ACB 82: Silva vs. Kolobegov March 9, 2018 1 1:42 São Paulo, Brazil
Win 24–13 Sharaf Davlatmurodov TKO (punches) ACB 76: Young Eagles 23 December 9, 2017 2 3:29 Gold Coast, Australia
Loss 23–13 Mukhamed Berkhamov KO (punches) ACB 67: Cooper vs. Berkhamov August 19, 2017 2 0:32 Grozny, Russia Lost ACB Welterweight Championship.
Win 23–12 Aslambek Saidov TKO (punches) ACB 50: Stormbringer December 18, 2016 3 0:27 St.Petersburg, Russia Won vacant ACB Welterweight Championship.
Win 22–12 Beslan Isaev Decision (unanimous) ACB 43: Battle of the Sura August 20, 2016 3 5:00 Penza, Russia Return to Welterweight.
Loss 21–12 Maiquel Falcao KO (punch) KSW 32: Road to Wembley October 31, 2015 1 0:59 London, England
Win 21–11 Jessie Glass TKO (punches) Gladiator Challenge: California State Championship Series June 20, 2015 1 2:11 San Jacinto, California, United States
Loss 20–11 Mamed Khalidov Decision (unanimous) KSW 29: Reload December 6, 2014 3 5:00 Kraków, Poland
Loss 20–10 Brandon Halsey Submission (armbar) Bellator 122 July 25, 2014 1 2:09 Temecula, California, United States Bellator Season Ten Middleweight Tournament Final.
Win 20–9 Kendall Grove KO (punches) Bellator 114 March 28, 2014 2 3:33 West Valley City, Utah, United States Bellator Season Ten Middleweight Tournament Semifinal.
Loss 19–9 Alexander Shlemenko Decision (unanimous) Bellator 98 September 7, 2013 5 5:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States For the Bellator Middleweight Championship.
Loss 19–8 Doug Marshall KO (punches) Bellator 95 April 4, 2013 1 3:39 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Bellator Season Eight Middleweight Tournament Final.
Win 19–7 Dan Cramer TKO (punches) Bellator 92 March 7, 2013 3 3:19 Temecula, California, United States Bellator Season Eight Middleweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 18–7 Norman Paraisy Decision (unanimous) Bellator 89 February 14, 2013 3 5:00 Charlotte, North Carolina, United States Bellator Season Eight Middleweight Tournament Quarterfinal.
Win 17–7 Darryl Cobb Decision (unanimous) Bellator 80 November 9, 2012 3 5:00 Hollywood, Florida, United States
Win 16–7 Jared Hess Decision (unanimous) Bellator 58 November 19, 2011 3 5:00 Hollywood, Florida, United States
Win 15–7 Joe Doerksen TKO (punches) Score Fighting Series 2 October 14, 2011 1 3:55 Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Win 14–7 Valdir Araujo TKO (punches) Bellator 50 September 17, 2011 3 0:35 Hollywood, Florida, United States
Loss 13–7 Alexander Shlemenko Decision (unanimous) Bellator 44 May 14, 2011 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 13–6 Keith Berry KO (punches) Lords of the Cage November 19, 2010 1 0:10 Temecula, California, United States
Win 12–6 Matt Major TKO (punches) Bellator 29 September 16, 2010 2 1:27 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States Middleweight debut.
Loss 11–6 Steve Carl Decision (split) Bellator 15 April 22, 2010 3 5:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States Bellator Season Two Welterweight Tournament Quarterfinal.
Win 11–5 Sérgio Moraes KO (punch) Jungle Fight 16 October 17, 2009 2 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Loss 10–5 Waachiim Spiritwolf TKO (punches) Fight Force International: Ultimate Chaos June 27, 2009 1 3:41 Biloxi, Mississippi, United States
Win 10–4 Joe Cronin TKO (doctor stoppage) Call To Arms 1 May 16, 2009 1 1:17 Ontario, California, United States
Win 9–4 Patrick Speight TKO (punches) Affliction: Day of Reckoning January 24, 2009 2 4:10 Anaheim, California, United States
Win 8–4 Dusty Arden KO (punches) PureCombat 4: Bombs Away June 6, 2008 2 0:39 Visalia, California, United States
Win 7–4 Rory Markham TKO (punches) IFL: World Grand Prix Finals December 29, 2007 2 1:15 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 6–4 Jason Von Flue TKO (punches) PureCombat 1: From the Ashes December 1, 2007 1 N/A Visalia, California, United States
Win 5–4 Vince Guzman Submission (anaconda choke) Shooto: The Arrival: This is Shooto August 18, 2007 1 1:58 Irvine, California, United States
Loss 4–4 Toby Grear Decision Total Fighting Alliance 6: War on the Shore April 28, 2007 3 5:00 Santa Monica, California, United States
Win 4–3 Jesse Romero Submission (guillotine choke) Total Fighting Alliance 5: Conflict on the Coast February 24, 2007 2 2:09 Santa Monica, California, United States
Win 3–3 Conor Heun Decision (split) Total Fighting Alliance 4: Fight Night, Fright Night November 3, 2006 3 5:00 Carson, California, United States
Loss 2–3 Jesse Romero Submission (rear-naked choke) Universal Above Ground Fighting: Kaos on the Kampus May 20, 2006 2 3:52 Los Angeles, California, United States
Loss 2–2 Bryan Joplin Decision (unanimous) California Xtreme Fighting 1 April 29, 2006 3 5:00 Upland, California, United States
Loss 2–1 Ed Ratcliff KO (spinning heel kick) Total Combat 12 December 17, 2005 2 N/A Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Win 2–0 Jesse Romero Decision (unanimous) World FC: Rumble at the Ramada December 8, 2005 3 N/A Norwalk, California, United States
Win 1–0 Cody Culkin TKO (punches) Total Combat 10 October 25, 2005 1 1:38 San Diego, California, United States

References Edit

  1. ^ ""Fudoshin" Brett Cooper's Tapology Profile". Retrieved August 16, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Sluggers Alexander Shlemenko and Brett Cooper meet at Bellator 44 | News –". Archived from the original on 2012-12-26. Retrieved 2013-02-08.
  3. ^ "World of MMA - Brett Cooper Gets a Slot in the Upcoming Bellator Middleweight Tournament on Spike TV". Archived from the original on 16 December 2012. Retrieved 15 January 2022.
  4. ^ "Cooper Clobbers Araujo in Bellator 50 Undercard Showstealer". Retrieved 2016-11-11.
  5. ^ "Sandro Taps Dias, Cooper Outduels Hess on Bellator 58 Undercard". Retrieved 2016-11-11.
  6. ^ "Joe Warren Rebounds at Bellator 80; Volkov, Martinez Advance to Tournament Finals". Retrieved 2016-11-11.
  7. ^ "Bellator Releases Middleweight Tournament Brackets -". 31 January 2013. Retrieved 2016-11-11.
  8. ^ "Brett Cooper replaces Doug Marshall, faces champ Shlemenko at Bellator 98". Archived from the original on 2013-11-10.
  9. ^ Staff. "Bellator 98 results: Shlemenko retains title in slugfest with Cooper". Archived from the original on 2013-11-20. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
  10. ^ "James Irvin out, Brian Rogers meets Brett Cooper at Bellator 125". August 29, 2014.
  11. ^ "Brett Cooper suffers foot injury; Brian Rogers to fight Rafael Carvalho at Bellator 125". September 9, 2014.
  12. ^ "Cooper vs. Saidov". Archived from the original on October 21, 2016.
  13. ^ "Cooper vs. Davlatmurodov".
  14. ^ "Американский боец отказался выступать в Absolute Championship Akhmat из-за санкций".
  15. ^ "The Dictator's Dilemma: How U.S. sanctions will impact Ramzan Kadyrov's MMA aspirations". 16 December 2020.
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