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PFL launches new Bellator MMA Champions Series


The PFL has made official the Bellator Champions Series, which will consist of eight global events.

The Bellator Champions Series cards each will feature title fights. The offshoot comes on the heels of the PFL’s purchase of Bellator. The first event will take place March 22 in Belfast in Northern Ireland at SSE Arena. PFL officials announced the new series Monday.

Bellator 302 will be headlined by a vacant light heavyweight title bout between Corey Anderson (17-6 MMA, 4-1 BMMA) and Karl Moore (12-2 MMA, 4-0 BMMA).

“After the landmark acquisition of Bellator, the Professional Fighters League is excited to officially announce a new era of MMA with the launch of the Bellator Champions Series global franchise,” PFL CEO Peter Murray said in a news release.

“‘The Bellator Champions Series will feature reigning Bellator champion fighters defending their titles against the best fighters in the world from the star-studded Bellator roster. Fans will have access to the best competition and the most innovate formats in MMA distributed by leaders in sport, including DAZN.”

Bellator 302 will be co-headlined by a women’s featherweight matchup between Belfast’s own Leah McCourt (8-3 MMA, 7-2 BMMA) and Sinead Kavanagh (9-6 MMA, 6-6 BMMA). The pair already fought once before – McCourt lost a unanimous decision to Kavanagh at Bellator 275 in February 2022.

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