The bout started off well for “Fudoshin”, who held his own in the striking department for the first half-minute, securing a seemingly effortless takedown. “The Rhino” would scramble and get back to the feet, where he wanted the action. It wasn’t long before the Californian uncorked a destructive right hand across the jaw of Cooper, who crumbled. “The Rhino” followed with punches, leaving his opponent unconscious at the 3:39 mark of the opening round.
The former WEC champion now has a date with Bellator Middleweight Titleholder Alexander Shlemenko.