The Professional Fighters League (PFL), the fastest-growing and most innovative sports league in the world, kicks 2024 off with the biggest MMA event of the year, PFL Champions vs. Bellator Champions. The card will feature a pair of champion-versus-champion headlining bouts, as well as some of the biggest names in combat sports going head-to-head inside the PFL SmartCage.

In the main event, heavyweight titleholders face off, as 2023 PFL Heavyweight Champion Renan “Problema” Ferreira meets Bellator Heavyweight Champion Ryan “Darth” Bader. Ferreira, who’s coming off his first championship campaign in the PFL, weighed in at 263.2 pounds. Bader, meanwhile, has held the Bellator title since 2019 and weighed in at 231.1 pounds.

In a champion-versus-champion co-main event, 2023 PFL Light Heavyweight Champion Impa “Tshilobo” Kasanganay drops back down to the middleweight division to take on Bellator Middleweight Champion Johnny Eblen. Kasanganay, who captured PFL gold in his first season, weighed in at 185.8 pounds. Eblen, meanwhile, weighed in at 185.5 pounds as he looks to remain undefeated in his career.

Two of the world’s best welterweights meet in a catchweight bout, as two-time PFL Champion Ray Cooper III meets reigning Bellator Welterweight Champion Jason Jackson. Cooper III weighed in at 182.4 pounds, while Jackson weighed in at 182 pounds.

In a clash of heavy-handed heavyweight kings, former PFL Heavyweight Champion Bruno Cappelozza meets Bellator’s Vadim Nemkov. Cappelozza weighed in at 236.2 pounds, while Nemkov weighed in at 238.1 pounds.

In other action, a pair of 205-pounders meet, as top PFL contender Thiago “Maretta” Santos meets top Bellator contender Yoel “Soldier of God” Romero. Santos weighed in at 205.2 pounds, while Romero weighed in at 205 pounds.

Kicking off the PFL Champions versus Bellator Champions card, two of the lightweight divisions’ elite go head to head, as 2023 PFL Runner-Up “Cassius” Clay Collard takes on former Bellator Lightweight Champion AJ “Mercenary” McKee. Collard weighed in at 155.5 pounds, while McKee weighed in at 154.8 pounds.


PFL Champions vs. Bellator Champions Card – 3 pm ET

PFL Champion vs. Bellator Champion – Heavyweight
Renan Ferreira 263.2 lbs vs. Ryan Bader 231.1 lbs

PFL Champion vs. Bellator Champion – Middleweight
Impa Kasanganay 185.8 lbs vs. Johnny Eblen 185.5 lbs 

Catchweight (182 lbs) Bout
Ray Cooper III 182.4 lbs vs. Jason Jackson 182 lbs

Heavyweight Bout
Bruno Cappelozza 236.2 lbs vs. Vadim Nemkov 238.1 lbs 

Light Heavyweight Bout
Thiago Santos 205.2 lbs vs. Yoel Romero 205 lbs

Lightweight Bout
Clay Collard 155.5 lbs vs. AJ McKee 154.8 lbs 

Early Card – 12 pm ET

Lightweight Bout
Henry Corrales 155.7 lbs. Vs. Aaron Pico: 155.7

Lightweight Bout
Biaggio Ali Walsh 155.4 lbs vs. Emmanuel Palacio 152.6 lbs 

Women’s Catchweight (165 lbs) Bout
Claressa Shields 164.4 lbs vs. Kelsey DeSantis 164.6 lbs

Featherweight Bout
Abdullah Al-Qahtani 146 lbs vs. Edukondal Rao 145.7 lbs 

Amateur Catchweight (129 lbs) Bout
Malik Basahel 124.9 lbs vs. Vinicius Pereira 129.2 lbs *

* Vinicius Pereira missed weight. The bout will now be contested at a 129 lbs catchweight.


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