The Professional Fighters League (PFL), an American mixed martial arts organization, acquired Bellator MMA, which has been evaluated as the second largest organization in the world. Rapidly emerging as a competitor to UFC.

PFL founder Don Davis officially announced this news on the 21st (Korean time) and said, "The combat sports market has completely changed overnight.

We now have 30% of the fighters ranked in the top 25 in the world according to Fight Matrix. This percentage “It's like the UFC,” he said.

Fight Matrix is ​​a reputable site that compiles various MMA data, and ranks fighters by weight class not only for the UFC but also for fighters from various organizations around the world.

It has not been revealed how much the PFL acquired Bellator. 토토사이트

UFC has grown by absorbing many organizations around the world, including Pride, Strikeforce, and WEC. 

Instead of including the athletes from that group as UFC entries, the UFC adopted a strategy of eliminating the brand altogether.

PFL planned to maintain the Bellator brand. The PFL has decided to reorganize Bellator's system and start the 'Bellator International Champions Series' next year. 

Eight competitions will be held per year under the Bellator brand, and each competition will include two title matches.

PFL is trying to increase its box office destructive power by holding a unified competition between the two organizations while maintaining the Bellator brand. 

It was announced that a joint mega event will be held next year where the PFL champion and Bellator champion will face off. Bellator fighters were allowed to move to the PFL and fight.

PFL was created in 2018 when venture capitalist Don Davis acquired WSOF and rebranded it as PFL. Since 2018, seasonal competitions have been held in a format like professional baseball where the winner of each weight class is determined through a pennant race and postseason.

This year, it became a hot topic by joining hands with big names. Former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou has been signed. 

YouTube star Jake Paul was also recruited. Ngannou and Paul can compete outside in other sports, such as boxing. Instead, mixed martial arts matches should be held at competitions hosted by the PFL.

PFL launched ‘PFL Europe' this year to discover European fighters. We are also working on regional expansion. 

Ngannou was appointed as the chairman of 'PFL Africa', taking a symbolic first step in advancing into Africa.

The PFL, which has grown in size, even proposed a joint event to the UFC where Ngannou and Jon Jones would fight, but UFC CEO Dana White responded nervously, saying, "I'm not interested."

Bellator was founded by Bjorn Levny in 2008. In 2011, it was acquired by the media giant Viacom and broadcast on several networks, including CBS and Showtime. 

However, as Viacom decided to withdraw from the boxing and MMA business in October last year, Bellator's future became uncertain. 

Rumors have been circulating since early this year that the PFL could acquire Bellator.