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Fight Network Secures Exclusive Rights to Professional Fighters League's New Bellator Champions Series, Becoming Canadian Rights Holder For All of Promotion's Live MMA Events in 2024

LOS ANGELES (March 20, 2024)Fight Network, a subsidiary of Anthem Sports & Entertainment, Inc., announced today a landmark agreement with global MMA promotion Professional Fighters League, the fastest-growing and most innovate sports league, making the Network the exclusive Canadian rights holder for all of its Bellator Champions Series live events throughout 2024.


Fight Network’s Canadian viewers will be able to enjoy all eight of the inaugural Bellator Champions Series events, kicking off on Friday, March 22, with a live broadcast from the SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland at 1 p.m. ET.


The evening is headlined by a highly-anticipated Light Heavyweight World Title Bout, pitting Corey Anderson against Ireland’s Karl Moore. In the co-main event, Featherweight Champion Patricio Pitbull - record-holder for the most wins in Bellator history — puts his title on the line against Canada’s number one contender Jeremy Kennedy; while Fabian Edwards goes toe-to-toe with Canada’s Aaron Jeffery. Lastly, longtime rivals James Gallagher and Leandro Higo face off in a showdown between two top submission specialists.

As part of the agreement, Fight Network’s Canadian and international audience will have access to Bellator’s robust archives—boasting almost two decades of rare and classic bouts from some of the sport’s greatest icons and rising superstars. The agreement also includes new and classic Professional Fighter’s League (PFL) cut-down specials for all events from 2023, 2024, and 2025; as well as all shoulder programming for Bellator and PFL in 2024 and 2025.

"Bellator has long been one of the top global promotions in MMA, with a proud legacy built on iconic bouts and world-class athletes," said Chad Midgley, VP of Content for Anthem. "This is truly a landmark partnership for Fight Network, and we are honored to be the exclusive Canadian rights holder for all of Bellator’s live events in 2024. We look forward to bringing our viewers the absolute best in Bellator and PFL programming, as well as rare offerings from Bellator’s rich content library, and so much more, starting with the inaugural Bellator Champions Series on Friday.”

“Following the historic acquisition of Bellator, we’re proud to partner with Fight Network which will become the exclusive home of the new Bellator Champions Series in Canada when the global franchise launches this Friday,” PFL CEO Peter Murray said. “In 2024, there will be eight highly anticipated Bellator Champions Series events 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.”

Fight Network’s Complete Bellator Champions Series Schedule is as Follows:


-Friday, March 22 – Bellator Champions Series Belfast – SSE Arena

-Friday, May 17 – Bellator Champions Series Paris – Accor Arena

-Saturday, June 22 – Bellator Champions Series Dublin – 3Arena

-Saturday, September 7 – Bellator Champions Series San Diego – Pechanga Arena

-Saturday, September 14 – Bellator Champions Series London – OVO Wembley

-Saturday, October 12 – Bellator Champions Series Chicago – Wintrust Arena

-Saturday, November 16 – Bellator Champions Series Paris – ADIDAS Arena

-Tuesday, December 31 – Bellator Champions Series – TBD

PFL is the only organization in MMA with the sports-season format, where individual fighters compete in a regular season, playoffs, and championship each year.  The combined roster of PFL and Bellator boasts 30% of its fighters independently world-ranked in the top 25 of their respective weight-class.  PFL has an expansive global vision for the sport and is building the “Champions League of MMA” with PFL Europe, PFL MENA, and more international leagues in development.  PFL leads in technology and innovation, with its proprietary PFL SmartCage, powering fight analytics, real-time betting, AI scoring, and a next generation viewing experience. PFL League Season is primetime live on ESPN/ESPN+ in the U.S. and is broadcast and streamed in 150 countries with 20 premium media distribution partners.


Fight Network is the world’s premier network dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports, including mixed martial arts, boxing, kickboxing, professional wrestling, traditional martial arts, and more. Fight Network is the home of TNA Wrestling, Bellator, Glory Kickboxing, KSW, Bare Knuckle Boxing, IJF Judo and more of the world’s top tier promotions. The channel is available on cable, satellite, and telco systems across the U.S., Canada, Europe and the Caribbean, and via FUBO on all connected devices including Roku and Apple TV devices across North America. Fight Network is a subsidiary of Anthem Sports & Entertainment Inc., a global multi-platform media company.


Professional Fighters League (PFL) is the #2 MMA company worldwide and the #1 fastest-growing sports league.  PFL has five live fight franchises, offering year-round content: PFL League Season, PFL PPV Super Fights, PFL Challenger Series, PFL International Leagues, and Bellator Champions Series.  Founded in 2018, PFL is backed by major blue-chip investors including SRJ, Ares, Knighthead, Luxor Capital, Waverley Capital, Elysian Park Ventures, and numerous NBA, MLB, NHL, and MLS team owners.  MMA is the growth sport business of this decade, with 650 million fans worldwide, the youngest audience demographic, and true global revenue streams.


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