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PFL vs. Bellator: Champions Clash in Historic MMA Event in Riyadh

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Experience MMA history as PFL and Bellator champions clash in Riyadh’s Kingdom Arena. Watch live on ESPN+ PPV and DAZN.

The champions of the PFL will square off against the champions of Bellator in a historic event on Saturday, February 24, 2024. Hosted at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, this marks the first major MMA event in the region and will be available on pay-per-view via ESPN+ and DAZN.

Main Event Highlights:

  • The main card, starting at 3 p.m. ET, boasts four title fights featuring the top champions from both organizations.
  • Renan Ferreira, PFL heavyweight champion, takes on Ryan Bader, the reigning Bellator heavyweight champion and former light heavyweight titleholder.
  • In the light heavyweight division, PFL champion Impa Kasanganay faces off against Bellator middleweight champion Johnny Eblen.
  • Welterweight action sees PFL’s Magomed Magomedkerimov against Bellator’s Jason Jackson.
  • The lightweight clash features PFL’s Jesus Pinedo against Bellator legend Patricio “Pitbull” Freire.

Other Notable Bouts:

  • Former UFC fighters Thiago Santos (PFL) and Yoel Romero (Bellator) will meet in a highly anticipated showdown.
  • A compelling match between boxer Clay Collard and former Bellator champion AJ McKee adds to the excitement.

Preliminary and PPV Details:

  • Preliminary coverage starts at 12 p.m. ET on ESPNEWS and ESPN+ in the US.
  • Pay-per-view prices are $224.99 in the US, $199.99 in Canada, and £99.99 in the UK.

Significance and Background:

  • This event represents a pivotal moment in MMA, marking the first encounter between two major organizations on such a scale.
  • Part of the Riyadh Season, which has showcased various combat sports events, this MMA showdown underscores the growing interest and investment in combat sports globally.
  • With the recent acquisition of Bellator by the PFL and Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund’s stake in SRJ Sports Investments, the event signals a significant development in the combat sports landscape.

Broadcast and Access:

  • Fans can catch the action on ESPN+ PPV in the US and DAZN in the UK, ensuring a global audience for this historic event.
  • Fight enthusiasts worldwide eagerly await the event, anticipating the answer to the question of which organization boasts the superior fighters.

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