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For the first time since the merger, Bellator and PFL fighters will go head-to-head Saturday in Saudi Arabia. The PFL vs. Bellator: Champions event features champ-vs.-champ matchups, other titleholders, a big pro debut, and the return of a boxing legend.

Here’s how to watch the PFL vs. Bellator: Champions pay-per-view with lineups, fight info and much more.

Broadcast and streaming info

PFL 6 Ceremonial weigh-ins at the Overtime Elite arena in Atlanta, Georgia. Wednesday, April 27, 2022. (Matt Ferris / PFL).

The PFL vs. Bellator: Champions event takes place Saturday at Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The prelims stream on ESPN+ at 12:30 p.m. ET. The main card airs on pay-per-view (ESPN+) at 3 p.m. ET and features two big champion-vs.-champion fights at the top of the lineup.

Former UFC fighter and PFL season winner Sean O’Connell will man play-by-play duties, as he’s done since the start of the PFL tournament format in 2018. Chael Sonnen, who has worked with both PFL and Bellator in the past, will provide color commentary, as will longtime PFL commentator and fellow Pacific Northwesterner Randy Couture and former UFC title challenger Dan Hardy.

Officiating pioneer “Big” John McCarthy transitions from his role as Bellator color commentator to rules and scoring analyst to provide insight to potential regulatory happenings in real time.

Coming over from the Bellator brand, Amanda Guerra will provide reporting and interviews from backstage and in the crowd. Josh Thomson will partake in a reporter role, but his will be from the corners, as he conducts interviews with the fighters’ teams.

Ian Parker will provide insight into the world of sports betting, as he’s done for the UFC and PFL in the past. Also breaking down the betting lines will be longtime sports personality Jonathan Coachman, who has previously worked as on-air talent for WWE and a pre-show analyst for PFL.

– Mike Bohn, MMA Junkie

Heavyweight: Renan Ferreira vs. Ryan Bader

Renan Ferreira vs. Ryan Bader

Renan Ferreira (12-3) won PFL’s 2023 $1 million heavyweight season with a second-round knockout of Denis Goltsov this past November. He’s always a threat with his hands with 10 of his 12 wins by KO, and that’s likely his way to a win over Bellator heavyweight champ Ryan Bader (31-7). Bader, who also held the promotion’s 205-pound title simultaneously, has never lost a decision. If it goes to the judges, his hand is going up – historically, anyway. Over the past two years, Bader has title defenses over Valentin Moldavsky, Cheick Kongo and Fedor Emelianenko.

Middleweight: Impa Kasanganay vs. Johnny Eblen

Impa Kasanganay vs. Johnny Eblen

Impa Kasanganay (15-3) won the 2023 PFL middleweight $1 million season with a decision over Josh Silveira. That’s quite a big leap from the man who fizzled out of the UFC at 2-2 less than three years ago. He’ll have maybe the biggest test of his career against Bellator champ Johnny Eblen (14-0), who comes in unbeaten. That Eblen trains at American Top Team and Kasanganay is at nearby Kill Cliff MMA might add a nice backstory. Eblen beat Gegard Mousasi to win the title in 2022, then topped Anatoly Tokov and UFC champ Leon Edwards’ brother Fabian in successful title defenses.

Other crossover matchups

Jason Jackson and Scott Coker

Two-time PFL welterweight $1 million winner Ray Cooper III (25-9-1) takes on Bellator champion Jason Jackson (17-4). Cooper stepped in

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