Seven fights added to Bellator Champions Series at SSE Arena, Belfast

The Professional Fighters League (PFL), celebrated for its rapid ascent and innovative approach in the sports realm, has unveiled seven thrilling bouts to augment the inaugural Bellator Champions Series Belfast lineup, featuring two top contender fights on Friday, March 22 at The SSE Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Kicking off the top contender clashes in the Middleweight division, England’s adept southpaw Fabian Edwards (12-3) is set to deploy his striking prowess against the formidable grappling and ground game of Canada’s Aaron Jeffery (14-4). In the Featherweight division, Ireland’s grappling virtuoso James Gallagher (12-2) is pitted against Canada’s jiu-jitsu ace Jeremy Kennedy (19-3), promising a test of strategy and endurance. The main card also showcases a Lightweight fight with England’s Tim Wilde (17-4-1) facing off against PFL Challengers Series unbeaten Manoel Sousa (10-0).

The Belfast debut is headlined by a clash for the vacant Bellator Light Heavyweight World Championship with ex-title contender Corey Anderson (17-6, 1 NC) taking on Northern Ireland’s Karl Moore (12-2), and the co-main event features a Women’s Featherweight rematch between Belfast’s Leah McCourt (8-3) and Dublin’s Sinead Kavanagh (9-6).

This event will be broadcast live in the U.K. on DAZN from 5 pm GMT / 12 pm ET, with further details on U.S. broadcasting to be disclosed shortly.

The preliminary lineup is also shaping up, highlighted by local Bellator prospect Ciaran Clarke (8-0) aiming to keep his undefeated streak against Darius Mafi (4-1) at Bantamweight, alongside other notable preliminary fights including former Bellator Lightweight World Grand Prix contender Tofiq Musayev (21-5) versus Alfie Davis (16-4-1) at Lightweight, and a Featherweight bout featuring Nathan Kelly (9-2) against Vikas Singh Ruhil (12-7), plus an undefeated Heavyweight showdown between Abraham Bably (3-0) and Isaiah Pinson (3-0).

Tickets for the Belfast series are up for grabs via ticketmaster.ie, with the doors to Bellator 302 swinging open at 4 pm local time and the first preliminary fight kicking off at 5 pm.

Following PFL’s strategic acquisition of Bellator in November 2023, which saw Bellator amass 301 events and a globally recognized roster, PFL is set to further this legacy by nurturing talent from underrepresented regions and injecting international stars into the fray.

PFL stands out in the MMA landscape with its seasonal competition structure, allowing fighters to progress through regular season bouts, playoffs, and championships annually. The combined talent pool of PFL and Bellator, with 30% of fighters ranked in the top 25 of their divisions, mirrors that of UFC’s elite. With an ambitious global strategy, PFL is crafting the “Champions League of MMA,” including initiatives like PFL Europe and PFL MENA, and is at the forefront of technological advancements with its PFL SmartCage, enhancing fight analytics, real-time betting, AI scoring, and offering a next-level viewing experience. In the U.S., PFL enjoys prime time exposure on ESPN/ESPN+ and boasts a broadcasting reach in 150 countries through 20 top-tier media partners.