Fight fans who have begged for champion vs. champion bouts will finally get their wish this February thanks to PFL.
The first PFL PPV Super Fight event will see reigning PFL titleholders take on those from Bellator.
Set for Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and the Kingdom Arena, the event is scheduled for Saturday, February 24. It will air live on ESPN+ pay-per-view and DAZN with prelims on ESPNEWS and ESPN+.
All the action kicks off at noon ET in the United States with the main card beginning at 3 p.m. ET.
In the main event, heavyweights Renan Ferreira and Ryan Bader square off. Ferreira is coming off a TKO finish in the 2023 PFL Championship finals. Bader became the first Bellator athlete to wear titles in multiple classes at the same time.
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Three more champion vs. champion matches are on deck for the event.
Impa Kasanganay and Johnny Eblen meet along with Magomed Magomedkerimov vs. Jason Jackson and Jesus Pinedo vs. Patricio Pitbull.
Several other bouts have been scheduled including Bruno Cappelozza vs. Vadim Nemkov, Thiago Santos vs. Yoel Romero, Clay Collard vs. AJ McKee and Gabriel Braga vs. Aaron Pico.
Biaggio Ali Walsh, the grandson of Muhammad Ali, will make his pro debut along with Claressa Shields returning to the SmartCage.
“The Middle East is the fight capital of the world,” PFL CEO Peter Murray said. “The Professional Fighters League is proud to bring the world’s best combat sports stars to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for Riyadh Season to host the first-ever PFL PPV Super Fight mega-global event.
“PFL Champions versus Bellator Champions is game changing for fighters and fans. I would like to thank HE Turki Alalshikh, the GEA and SRJ for this incredible opportunity to grow the sport of MMA in the Kingdom and around the world.”
PFL PPV Super Fight Card
PPV Card – ESPN+ PPV and DAZN – 3 pm ET
Heavyweight Champion vs. Champion Bout: Renan Ferreira (PFL World Champ) vs. Ryan Bader (Bellator Champ)
Middleweight Champion vs. Champion Bout: Impa Kasanganay (PFL Light Heavyweight World Champ) vs. Johnny Eblen (Bellator Champ)
Welterweight Champion vs. Champion Bout: Magomed Magomedkerimov (PFL World Champ) vs. Jason Jackson (Bellator Champ)
Featherweight Champion vs. Champion Bout: Jesus Pinedo (PFL World Champ) vs.
Patricio Pitbull (Bellator Champ)
Heavyweight Showcase Bout: Bruno Cappelozza (former World Champ) vs. Vadim Nemkov (former Champ)
Light Heavyweight Showcase Bout: Thiago Santos (former title contender) vs. Yoel Romero
(former title contender)
Lightweight Showcase Bout: Clay Collard (former title contender) vs. AJ McKee (former Champ)
Early Card – ESPNEWS and ESPN+ (US) – 12 pm ET
Featherweight Showcase Bout: Gabriel Braga (former title contender) vs. Aaron Pico
(former title contender)
Lightweight Showcase Bout: Biaggio Ali Walsh (Pro Debut) vs. Chris Morris (Pro Debut)
Lightweight Showcase Bout: Claressa Shields vs. Kelsey DeSantis
Featherweight Showcase Bout: Abdullah Al-Qahtani vs. Edukondal Rao
Amateur Flyweight Bout: Malik Basahel vs. Vinicius Pereira