Cedric Doumbe set for Bellator debut at Accor Arena against Derek Anderson

The Professional Fighters League (PFL), a trailblazer in sports innovation and one of the swiftly ascending fight leagues, unveiled today that the upcoming Bellator Champions Series in Paris on Friday, May 17, will spotlight Cédric Doumbé in a prime fight against Derek Anderson. Doumbé, marked by five wins in his six bouts, will launch his Bellator journey, riding the momentum from his recent stint at PFL Europe Paris.

Doumbé, newly committed to PFL under a fresh, long-term deal, faces a seasoned Bellator contender in Anderson, known for his resilience and recent victorious stretch in four bouts.

Peter Murray, PFL’s CEO, emphasized the strategic re-signing of Doumbé, noting his pivotal role in the league’s expansion in France and his potential to climb the ranks in Bellator, starting with the Paris event. This event will broadcast live across various platforms, including Max in the U.S. and DAZN in France and the U.K.

For those eager to catch the action post-live, truTV will broadcast a re-airing in the U.S. the following week. Meanwhile, enthusiasts can secure their spots at the venue via Accorarena.com.

The main event promises another gripping fight as Bellator Bantamweight Champion Patchy Mix takes on Magomed Magomedov, reigniting a rivalry from last year’s Bantamweight World Grand Prix Semi-Finals. Unfortunately, a high-profile bout between Usman Nurmagomedov and Alexander Shabliy is postponed due to an injury.

The fight card also features France’s Gregory Babene, who could earn a Middleweight title shot with a victory over Holland’s Costello Van Steenis, and French Heavyweight Slim Trabelsi, a former training partner of Francis Ngannou, who returns to his starting grounds in Paris to fight Scotland’s Louie Sutherland.

Event Details:

  • Date: Friday, May 17
  • Start Time: 11 am EDT / 4 pm BST
  • Streaming in the USA: Max
  • Streaming in the UK: DAZN
  • Venue: Accor Arena, Paris

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