Skilled Fighters League (PFL) as we speak introduced its acquisition of Bellator MMA, in addition to its plans to run two unbiased promotions by 2024. Paramount is predicted to retain a minority stake in Bellator and firm executives (like president Scott Coker) can have the choice to stay onboard following the merger.
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“This completely modifications the MMA panorama in a single day,” founder Donn Davis advised Monetary Instances. “You basically put two, number-two firms to create a co-leader. The mixed PFL Bellator roster now has 30 p.c of its fighters who’re ranked high 25 on this planet by Struggle Matrix. That’s the identical as UFC has of their roster.”
A few of the high Twitter reactions listed beneath:
Cool. Now since we will. Let’s do PFL/Bellator in Hawaii, Ray headlining a card and I’m proper there combating beneath ‘em on the cardboard. Dream come true.
— Kai Kamaka III (@kaiboikamaka) November 20, 2023
Excited for the fighters and the brand new challenges they’ll face with the merging of rosters. What fights do you wanna see them make first? https://t.co/gcRpXnRUna
— Josh Thomson (@THEREALPUNK) November 20, 2023
UFC nonetheless wins, however good transfer by the PFL, which makes the competitors higher. Fighters, followers and groups will profit from it which is nice
— Adam S. Kovacs (@adam_skovacs) November 20, 2023
I’m wanting ahead to see how issues can be dealt with and the matchups forward between @BellatorMMA and @PFLMMA fighters. I hope PFL is wise and Mike Kogan and the workers comes together with the deal.
— Patricio Pitbull (@PatricioPitbull) November 20, 2023
“The mixed PFL and Bellator fighter rosters are second to none in MMA,” mentioned Peter Murray, PFL CEO. “We are able to’t wait to carry MMA followers what they’ve been asking for — finest vs. finest with the PFL champions vs. Bellator champions Mega-Occasion.”
UFC CEO Dana White has but to remark.