Bellator MMA is making a comeback in 2024.
On Monday, the PFL introduced plans for the Bellator Champions Collection, which premieres with an occasion on March 22 at The SSE Area, Belfast in Belfast, Northern Eire. The Bellator 302 card is headlined by a beforehand reported bout between Corey Anderson and Karl Moore for a vacant mild heavyweight title, and prime featherweight contender Leah McCourt combating Sinead Kavanagh.
Watch a trailer for the announcement beneath.
This information comes 4 months after the PFL’s blockbuster acquisition of Bellator, which raised questions as to the way forward for the long-running promotion. The primary joint occasion between the 2 organizations takes place on Feb. 24 and is being billed as PFL vs. Bellator: Champs, which isn’t to be confused with the upcoming Champions Collection.
The Champions Collection is concentrated on worldwide markets, with occasions out there to be seen in primetime on DAZN in a number of European nations. The U.Ok., Italy, Portugal, Belgium, and France are particularly talked about within the PFL’s press launch.
“After the landmark acquisition of Bellator, the Skilled Fighters League is worked up to formally announce a brand new period of MMA with the launch of the ‘Bellator Champions Collection’ international franchise,” PFL CEO Peter Murray stated within the launch. “The Bellator Champions Collection will function reigning Bellator Champion fighters defending their titles in opposition to the perfect fighters on the planet from the star-studded Bellator roster. Followers can have entry to the perfect competitors and essentially the most innovate codecs in MMA distributed by leaders in sport together with DAZN.”
Broadcast plans for U.S. viewers are nonetheless to be introduced.
The primary Bellator Champions Collection occasion options Belfast’s personal Moore and McCourt in pivotal matchups. Moore fights Anderson for a 205-pound belt not too long ago vacated by Vadim Nemkov, who’s transferring as much as heavyweight, and McCourt seems to avenge a 2022 determination loss to Kavanagh.