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PFL, Bellator, Fight Card, Yoel Romero
Patricio "Pitbull" Freire

PFL vs. Bellator card finalized, Patricio Pitbull receives replacement opponent

Josh Evanoff - February 20, 2024

The PFL vs. Bellator card is now finalized and features the return of Patricio Pitbull. Last November, the PFL completed their long-awaited buyout of Bellator. For most of 2023, there were discussions about the Scott Coker-led brand being bought. In the end, Donn Davis and the company decided that a roster containing the likes of the aforementioned Patricio Pitbull and Cris Cyborg was too good to pass up.

PFL, Bellator, Fight Card, Yoel Romero
Professional Fighters League (PFL)

Photo | PFL vs. Bellator Champions belt revealed

Harry Kettle - February 20, 2024

A new championship belt has been revealed for the upcoming PFL vs Bellator Champions series ahead of Saturday night. For a while now, fight fans have been getting excited over the prospect of PFL fighters battling Bellator fighters after the recent acquisition. This weekend, we’ll see the first major PFL vs Bellator Champions event in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Jon Jones
Jon Jones

Ryan Bader explains why a rematch with Jon Jones at heavyweight would go completely different than their first encounter

Harry Kettle - February 17, 2024

Bellator champion Ryan Bader believes a rematch against Jon Jones would go differently at heavyweight. Way back in 2011, Jon Jones and Ryan Bader clashed at light heavyweight. It was billed as an encounter that would determine who the next rising contender really is at 205 pounds, and Jones came out on top with a nice submission finish.

Corey Anderson, Karl Moore
Corey Anderson

Corey Anderson vs. Karl Moore vacant title bout to headline Bellator's 2024 return event

Josh Evanoff - January 30, 2024

Corey Anderson and Karl Moore will fight for the vacant Bellator light-heavyweight title in March. Bellator itself has had a strange last few months, to put it mildly. In November, the Scott Coker-led company was bought out by the PFL, but not to merge the two promotions. Instead, Donn Davis planned to run both companies as separate entities. But, allow for crossover between the two brands.

PFL, Bellator, Fight Card, Yoel Romero
Professional Fighters League (PFL)

PFL vs. Bellator pay-per-view event loses welterweight title fight

Harry Kettle - January 23, 2024

The upcoming PFL vs Bellator pay-per-view has lost a major welterweight showdown, according to a recent report. On February 24, we will see a blockbuster PFL vs Bellator: Champions event go down in Saudi Arabia. It serves as the first major show of this kind since PFL purchased Bellator, and both promotions are bringing their A-game when it comes to the actual card.

PFL, Bellator, Fight Card, Yoel Romero
Professional Fighters League (PFL)

Several bouts announced for PFL vs. Bellator event, including Yoel Romero vs. Thiago Santos

Susan Cox - January 16, 2024

Several bouts have been announced for the PFL vs. Bellator event, including Yoel Romero vs. Thiago Santos. The much-anticipated PFL vs. Bellator event is set for Saturday, February 24th in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

PFL, Bellator
Professional Fighters League (PFL)

REPORT | Ryan Bader, Patricio Pitbull among first fighters added to February's PFL vs. Bellator event

Josh Evanoff - January 11, 2024

The reported Bellator vs. PFL card slated for February 24th is now adding fights. In November, the Viacom-owned company was bought out by the PFL. With that, it marked a departure for figures such as Scott Coker, and others. However, Donn Davis and others plan to keep running Bellator as a separate entity and keep holding events for the foreseeable future.

Juan Archuleta, Patchy Mix
Juan Archuleta

RIZIN champion Juan Archuleta calls for rematch with Bellator's Patchy Mix: "Only guy to beat him"

Josh Evanoff - December 29, 2023

RIZIN bantamweight champion Juan Archuleta is ready for a rematch with Bellator titleholder Patchy Mix. ‘The Spaniard’ is slated to make the first title defense of his bantamweight title reign this Saturday. In the co-main event of RIZIN 45, Juan Archuleta will face former titleholder Kai Asaukra. If he can get through the Japanese fighter this weekend, he hopes to meet Patchy Mix in the near future.

Michael Chandler and Scott Coker
Michael Chandler

Michael Chandler gives his take on 'Bittersweet' Bellator-PFL sale: "They were important to me"

Josh Evanoff - December 7, 2023

Former Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler is a bit sad to see their recent sale to the PFL. ‘Iron’ is now one of the UFC’s biggest stars and most entertaining fighters. Although, Michael Chandler hasn’t been seen in the cage since a submission loss to Dustin Poirier well over a year ago. Now, the former Bellator champion has been stuck on the sidelines, waiting for a long-awaited fight with Conor McGregor.

Cris Cyborg
Cris 'Cyborg' Justino

Cris Cyborg gives career update: "Financially, I can retire"

Zain Bando - December 5, 2023

Cris “Cyborg” Justino is at a crossroads. The former UFC women’s featherweight champion and current Bellator featherweight champion, Cyborg wants to be part of the newly minted PFL-Bellator merger.

Chatri Sityodtong, ONE Championship
ONE Championship

Bellator executive Mike Kogan claims ONE Championship is about to go out of business: “These people scammed everybody”

Susan Cox - November 28, 2023

Bellator executive Mike Kogan is claiming ONE Championship is about to go out of business. The announcement came last week that Bellator was no longer a standalone entity.  The promotion was acquired by the PFL (Professional Fighters League).

Bellator
Bellator

Bellator executive details the "beginning of the end" of the promotion

Cole Shelton - November 27, 2023

Bellator executive Mike Kogan detailed what started the end of the promotion. It was announced last week that the PFL had bought Bellator as the promotion had been looking for a buyer for quite some time. After months of negotiation, a deal got done and according to Kogan, he says a lot of blame for Bellator’s downfall will be on Showtime.

King Mo and Scott Coker
Muhammed 'King Mo' Lawal

King Mo lashes out at Scott Coker following news of Bellator - PFL merger

Cole Shelton - November 21, 2023

Former Bellator veteran King Mo has taken aim at Scott Coker. On Monday, it was revealed that the PFL has bought Bellator in a massive deal that will change the landscape of MMA. The general consensus was that it will be good for the sport, as it could be a legit promotion that could rival the UFC.

Francis Ngannou, Tyson Fury
Professional Fighters League (PFL)

MMA fighters react to news that the PFL has acquired Bellator: “This is huge for the sport!”

Harry Kettle - November 21, 2023

A parade of past, present and future MMA fighters have reacted to the news that PFL has officially acquired Bellator. Earlier this week, it was announced that the Professional Fighters League (PFL) had officially purchased Bellator. It’s a move that has been heavily rumored for a while and now, it’s been confirmed. PFL’s Donn Davis ironed out some of the details in an appearance on The MMA Hour, but there are still plenty out there who are curious to see how it all goes down.

Jason Jackson vs. Yaroslav Amosov
Yaroslav Amosov

Jason Jackson says mindset won the welterweight belt at Bellator 301: “He was scared”

Zain Bando - November 20, 2023

Friday marked a new era in Jamaican MMA, as Jason Jackson shocked the mixed martial arts world with a third-round KO against previously unbeaten welterweight kingpin Yaroslav Amosov in the main event of Bellator 301. Although it may go down as an upset in the history books, for Jason Jackson, 33, it was meant to be.

Jake Paul
Jake Paul

Jake Paul reacts to the PFL-Bellator merger: "Let's prove it"

Zain Bando - November 20, 2023

Boxing personality Jake Paul has chimed in on the Bellator-PFL merger, which was announced Monday morning by PFL chairman Donn Davis. The two promotions will begin their partnership in 2024. Jake Paul, who boxes Andre August December 15, said he’s excited for the future of MMA and said the timing couldn’t be more perfect.

Scott Coker
Professional Fighters League (PFL)

PFL reportedly offers Bellator president Scott Coker "an opportunity to stay on"

Cole Shelton - November 20, 2023

PFL founder Donn Davis says they are offering Bellator president Scott Coker an opportunity to stay on if he wants. On Monday, it was announced that PFL has bought Bellator and the promotion has expectations for both brands. According to the press release, the plan is to do a champions vs. champions event in 2024. Also, Bellator will be rebranded to Bellator International Champions Series and will run concurrent to PFL in 2024 with eight one-off events in 2024.

Yaroslav Amosov vs. Jason Jackson
Professional Fighters League (PFL)

PFL officially acquires Bellator MMA: “Our fighter roster is equal to UFC”

Susan Cox - November 20, 2023

The PFL has officially acquired Bellator MMA, and in doing so has stated, ‘Our fighter roster is equal to UFC’. The news of the merger has been in the works for months, but now is a done deal and the Professional Fighters League has officially acquired Bellator MMA.