PFL Acquires Bellator, Announces Plan for Champs vs Champs

PFL Acquires Bellator - Annizal
PFL Acquires Bellator - Annizal

The PFL has officially acquired Bellator MMA for an undisclosed amount, the Saudi-backed mixed martial arts organization has announced.

As part of the deal, the former parent company of Bellator, Paramount, will remain involved as a minority owner, according to ESPN.

Talks have been ongoing for months as Paramount looked to offload the MMA promotion that first launched back in 2008.

All Bellator-signed athletes will now be available to compete on PFL platforms, but the Bellator brand will still run as a separate, “reimagined” product in 2024.

PFL is also planning a “mega event” in 2024 featuring a PFL Champions vs. Bellator Champions card in 2024 that would include champions in all seven weight classes.

PFL held its first event in 2018. Saudi Arabia’s SRJ Sports Investments – a subsidiary of Public Investment Fund (PFI) – bought a minority stake in the PFL in August in August 2023 for a $100 million, according to The Financial Times.

PFL recently signed former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou and YouTuber turned-professional boxer Jake Paul.

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