Warner Bros. Discovery Secures Exclusive U.S. Rights To Professional Fighters League’s New Bellator Champions Series

In a groundbreaking move, PFL and Warner Bros. Discovery have forged a landmark deal, bringing the electrifying Bellator Champion Series exclusively to U.S. screens. The series ignites this Friday, introducing a thrilling MMA championship to Max’s diverse viewing selection, accessible across all subscription tiers.

Spanning the globe with eight electrifying events, the series promises a showdown of top-contender fighters, each event boasting two title clashes that are bound to keep fans on the edge of their seats. Belfast’s SSE Arena will set the stage for the inaugural brawl, with subsequent showdowns lighting up iconic venues from Paris to Chicago.

The series boasts a blend of local legends and international titans, setting the stage for confrontations that resonate on a global scale. With world titles hanging in the balance, each fight is a testament to skill, determination, and the relentless pursuit of glory.

Highlighting the kick-off event in Belfast, Corey Anderson takes on Karl Moore in a light heavyweight title clash. Anderson, seasoned and skilled, seeks to cement his legacy against Moore, who fights for pride and history in front of his home crowd. The co-main event sees featherweight titan Patricio Pitbull defend his throne against the relentless Jeremy Kennedy, in a bout that spells intensity.

The first event includes a stacked fight card full of MMA action:

MAIN EVENT: COREY ANDERSON V KARL MOORE

Bellator Light Heavyweight Title Fight (205 lb)

Corey Anderson, one of the best light heavyweights of the last decade, gets his third crack at becoming a world champion as he takes on Belfast’s very own Karl Moore. Anderson has won against five different MMA world champions. Moore is riding a four-fight win streak and is fighting to become Bellator’s first Irish Champion in front of his home crowd.

CO-MAIN EVENT: PATRICIO PITBULL V JEREMY KENNEDY

Bellator Featherweight Title Fight (145 lb)

Bellator G.O.A.T. Patricio Pitbull defends his featherweight title against the division’s #1 title contender, ferocious Jeremy Kennedy. Pitbull is the only Bellator 4X World Champion and holds the records for most fights (29), wins (23), and finishes (13) in Bellator history. Kennedy has won six of his last seven fights against top competition to earn this title shot.

MIDDLEWEIGHT #1 CONTENDER BOUT: FABIAN EDWARDS V AARON JEFFERY

Fabian “The Assassin” Edwards, the brother of UFC Welterweight Champ Leon Edwards, looks to rebound from a close Championship loss to undefeated Johnny Eblen last time out. Edwards will have to go through hard-hitting Canadian Aaron Jeffery to re-establish himself worthy of another shot at the Bellator Middleweight Championship Belt.

In addition to the eight high-octane global events, Max subscribers will also have access to two new all-access docuseries, both debuting Thursday, March 21 ahead of the first event this Friday, March 22. Fans can go behind-the-scenes and delve deeper into the fighter’s lives as they push beyond their limits to mentally prepare and train for their match ups:

  • Fight Camp Confidential: Witness a journey into the lives of Bellator’s most elite fighters as the show travels to the camps of Bellator champions and title contenders, giving an up-close and personal look at their training regimes.

  • Fight Week: An all-access look at the lives of championship fighters as they prepare to defend their belts. Experience the intensity of training mixed with lighthearted moments that make up fight week.​

Additional programming available to stream on Max will include a robust selection from Bellator’s full library featuring 300+ events with 3,000 fights, pre-fight, post-fight, and original programming, including legends from the sport like Kimbo Slice, “Rampage” Jackson, Chael Sonnen, Wanderlei Silva, Tito Ortiz, Fedor Emelianenko, and the full fight history of Bellator homegrown talent like AJ McKee, Johnny Eblen, Aaron Pico, Michael Chandler, and Michael “Venom” Page.

“Following our historic acquisition of Bellator, Professional Fighters League is proud to partner with Warner Bros. Discovery for the highly anticipated Bellator Champions Series to stream exclusively on Max for fans across the United States, at no extra cost to subscribers, when the global franchise launches on March 22,” said Peter Murray, CEO, Professional Fighters League. “We’re excited for audiences to tune into Bellator’s new home on Max for eight Bellator Champions Series events in 2024 taking place in iconic cities around the globe, featuring world title fights and the biggest stars in combat sports. There’s an incredible demand for premium, year-round MMA content from major media platforms and this is the latest milestone in PFL’s ambition to bring the sport’s best to audiences around the world.”

Adding to the spectacle, Fabian Edwards faces Aaron Jeffery in a middleweight bout with more than just victory at stake – it’s a fight to reclaim a spot at the pinnacle of the division.

Max subscribers are in for a treat with two all-access docuseries dropping right before the first bell, offering an intimate glimpse into the lives and legacies of these warriors.

This partnership not only showcases PFL’s commitment to delivering top-tier MMA action but also marks a significant leap in Warner Bros. Discovery’s venture into live sports, enriching its content repertoire with the raw excitement of Bellator MMA.


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