Mike Tyson to Present Newly-Created Championship Belts at PFL vs. Bellator

PFL
February 22, 2024
There will be a special guest on hand to award the newly-created title belts to the winners of the featured bouts at PFL vs. Bellator.

PFL Chairman Donn Davis revealed to ESPN that former boxing heavyweight champion Mike Tyson will present the Champion of Champion title belt at Saturday’s event in Riyadh, Saudia Arabia.

"I called Mike two weeks ago, because I thought there was nobody more fitting to award the first ever in combat sports belt that goes to a champion beating a champion than the greatest champion of all time in Mike Tyson," Davis said.

The championship hardware will go to the winner of the evening’s headliner, Renan Ferreira vs. Ryan Bader, as well as Impa Kasanganay vs. Johnny Eblen and Patricio Freire vs. Gabriel Braga. The event marks the first cross-promotional venture for both organizations since PFL acquired Bellator last year.

"I'm really looking forward to this because this is the unification of the two champions of different divisions and different organizations," Tyson told ESPN.

The Champion of Champions belt also includes a place for a ring, which can be removed and worn by the fighter. The idea for the championship ring was the brainchild of Davis, PFL CEO Peter Murray and Francis Ngannou.

"What we saw was other athletes who won championships could wear their ring," Davis said. "I win the NFL, I get my ring from the Super Bowl. I win the World Series, I get my ring. And fighters, they can't always take their belts out. You can't just walk around with your belt."

Reference: https://www.sherdog.com/news/news/Mike-Tyson-to-Present-NewlyCreated-Championship-Belts-at-PFL-vs-Bellator-192692

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