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TORONTO — Canadian welterweight Rory (The Red King) MacDonald will meet American Brett (Fudoshin) Cooper at PFL 3 on May 6 at Esports Stadium Arlington in Arlington, Texas.

  Canadian Rory (The Red King) MacDonald returns to action at PFL 3 on May 6 © Provided by The Canadian Press

Lightweight champion Kayla Harrison takes on Russia's Marina Mokhnatkina in the main event. Welterweight title-holder Ray Cooper III will meet undefeated Russian Magomed (Prince) Umalatov in the co-main event.

The Professional Fighters League card will also see former UFC champion Anthony (Showtime) Pettis fight Ireland’s Myles Price in a contest which was rescheduled from PFL 1.

“The return of the most dominant woman in MMA Kayla Harrison, Anthony (Showtime) Pettis seeking redemption, and the greatest welterweight division in the entire sport led by Ray Cooper III and Rory MacDonald makes this one of the best MMA cards of the year,” PFL CEO Peter Murray said in a statement.

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MacDonald, a B.C. native who fights out of Montreal, lost a unanimous decision to Cooper in the 2021 PFL playoffs. The 32-year-old lost a controversial decision to Brazil's Gleison Tibau before that.

MacDonald (22-8-0) has won just two of his last seven fights (2-4-1) albeit against elite opposition.

Cooper (28-15-0) won his PFL debut last August, knocking out Tyler (The Zombie) Hill in the first round. He has had his hand raised in five of his last seven bouts.

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This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 6, 2022

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Canadian Rory (The Red King) MacDonald returns to action at PFL 3 on May 6 .
TORONTO — Canadian welterweight Rory (The Red King) MacDonald will meet American Brett (Fudoshin) Cooper at PFL 3 on May 6 at Esports Stadium Arlington in Arlington, Texas. Lightweight champion Kayla Harrison takes on Russia's Marina Mokhnatkina in the main event. Welterweight title-holder Ray Cooper III will meet undefeated Russian Magomed (Prince) Umalatov in the co-main event. The Professional Fighters League card will also see former UFC champion Anthony (Showtime) Pettis fight Ireland’s Myles Price in a contest which was rescheduled from PFL 1.

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