Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to host the first mega MMA event of the year


The Professional Fighters League (PFL), in cahoots with Riyadh Season, has splendidly declared that the tickets for this year’s grandest MMA skirmish, PFL Champions vs. Bellator Champions, set for the 24th of February, are now ripe for the picking. Keen fans can secure their spots via the digital portals of WeBook.com, both site and app, by navigating to this link

The ceremonial weigh-ins, a prelude to the main spectacle, are slated at The Kingdom Arena come 23rd February, with the scales set to tip at 6 pm KSA time.

Broadcasting live from the heart of Saudi Arabia, a burgeoning nucleus for the world’s premier sporting spectacles, PFL Champions vs. Bellator Champions presents an unmatched lineup of fights. The battleground? The illustrious Kingdom Arena in Riyadh.

Topping the bill in a clash of heavyweight leviathans, PFL’s own Renan Ferreira squares off against Bellator’s titan, Ryan Bader. Meanwhile, PFL Light Heavyweight sovereign, Impa Kasanganay, ventures into middleweight territory to challenge Bellator’s Johnny Eblen. The welterweight division witnesses a tussle between PFL’s Ray Cooper III and Bellator’s Jason Jackson, whilst the featherweights see Jesus Pinedo of PFL trade blows with Bellator’s Patricio Pitbull.

Adding to the spectacle, Riyadh will host its inaugural female MMA contest, showcasing a duel between two-time Olympic gold medallist and boxing virtuoso Claressa Shields against Kelsey DeSantis in the lightweight cadre. The event also heralds the professional MMA inauguration of Biaggio Ali Walsh, kin of the legendary Muhammad Ali. Gracing the card further are luminaries like Abdullah Al-Qahtani, Thiago Santos, Yoel Romero, Clay Collard, AJ McKee, Aaron Pico, amongst others, representing the host nation and beyond.

This groundbreaking PFL PPV Super Fight soirée will grace ESPN+ PPV and DAZN, kicking off at 3 pm ET. Additionally, a trio of showcase bouts will light up the preliminary card, accessible in the U.S. on ESPNEWS and ESPN+ starting at 12 pm ET.

PFL distinguishes itself in the MMA realm with its unique sports-season framework, propelling fighters through a gauntlet of regular season engagements, playoffs, and culminating in the championship. The combined might of PFL and Bellator’s warriors, with 30% holding top 25 world rankings in their divisions, mirrors that of UFC’s elite. With an eye on global domination, PFL is piecing together the MMA “Champions League,” with ventures like PFL Europe and PFL MENA on the anvil, alongside other international forays. Spearheading technological innovation, PFL’s proprietary SmartCage enhances the fight spectacle with cutting-edge analytics, real-time wagering, AI scoring, and a revamped viewing experience. Stateside, PFL dazzles in prime time on ESPN/ESPN+, while its global footprint extends to 150 nations through 20 premium media allies.

Riyadh Season, a magnet for global aficionados, not only showcases top-tier martial arts and boxing but also a kaleidoscope of entertainment and global experiences. Throughout the winter, Riyadh transforms into a vibrant festival ground, hosting an array of concerts, exhibitions, and events, graced by celebrities and renowned brands alike.