Knockout Artist Brett “Fudoshin” Cooper set to fight Brazilian Valdir Araujo at Bellator 50

Knockout Artist Brett “Fudoshin” Cooper set to fight Brazilian Valdir Araujo at Bellator 50


(LONG BEACH – Calif.) – Hard hitting Bellator veteran Brett “Fudoshin” Cooper (13-7) will entertain MMA fans in Florida when he fights Valdir Araujo (8-2) at Bellator 50 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. On September 17, Cooper is confident that he will defeat the Florida native and show why he is one of the top Middleweights on Bellator’s roster.

“I’m ready to get back in the cage,” said Cooper who currently trains at Reign Training Center. “I just want to go in there and fight hard. Return home with the win.”

Cooper made his last appearance inside the Bellator cage at the promotions 44th installment back in May of this year against a top contender in Alexander Shlemenko (40-5). Although he sustained multiple injuries leading up to the fight, Brett fought a tough 15 minute-3-round battle that resulted in a unanimous decision loss. The fight ended in Shlemenko’s favor as the Russian landed multiple spinning back-fists, none of which causing any major damage, but outpointing Cooper on the feet. Towards the end of the fight, Cooper recalls ditching his game plan and throwing everything he had at Shlemenko, including the kitchen sink.

“My corner man Vince Ortiz told me to abandon the gameplan and to take him down as he could see how tired I was. So the gameplan changed to just going for the knockout”.

Prior to fighting Shlemenko, Fudoshin acquired the Lord of the Cage Middleweight Championship by knocking out Keith “KO Kid” Berry (10-6) in 10 seconds of the first round. At the sound of the bell Berry got in Brett’s face, landed a strike on the Long Beach native before eating a massive power punch thrown by Cooper. Berry fell to the ground and Brett followed, delivering an arsenal of ground-and-pound before the referee called a halt to the bout.

The 24 year-old Cooper, who trains out of Reign Training Center with a plethora of elite fighters such as Mark Munoz, has won 9 of his past 12 bouts including knockout victories over former UFC fighter Jason Von Flue, UFC veteran Rory Markham, Patrick Speight at Affliction and Brazilian standout Sergio Moraes.

Bellator Fighting Championships 50th event will take place on September 17, 2011, and emanate from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

About Brett Cooper:

Brett “Fudoshin” Cooper is an American Mixed Martial Artist with a current professional record of 14 wins and 6 losses. Originally, he trained under Tracy Hess, who joined forces with Antonio Mckee and Team Body Shop, but now currently trains at Reign Training Center with team partners such as UFC Middleweight Mark Munoz, UFC Light Heavyweight Krzysztof Soszynski, UFC Middleweight Jason “Mayhem” Miller, UFC Welterweight Jake Ellenberger and Sargent Vince Ortiz. For more information about Brett Cooper visit his official website:


Tyler Lawrence