Bellator Merger Strengthens PFL, but Cormier Doubts Their UFC Challenge

The former UFC champion believes that the PFL is promising, but not at the level of the UFC

by Sededin Dedovic
Bellator Merger Strengthens PFL, but Cormier Doubts Their UFC Challenge
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The purchase of Bellator is a big move for the PFL and something they plan to take their brand to an even higher level. It's no secret that the PFL wants to compete with the UFC, and their leaders are confident that they have what it takes to dominate the market with the UFC.

"30 percent of our fighters are in the top 25 on the Fight Matrix rankings. The UFC has the same percentage," said Donn Davis shortly after the Bellator-PFL merger, and this information is one of his arguments trying to confirm that the PFL can now compete with the UFC.

Of course, looking at the scale gives more information. UFC fighters generally occupy the highest positions, while PFL fighters are represented in the first 25, but in slightly lower positions.

Cormier: PFL is respectable but not at UFC level

Daniel Cormier also gave his overview of the PFL as a competitor.

The UFC Hall of Famer was a guest on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, and according to Daniel Cormier, the PFL is no match for the UFC. "I don't understand how they think they're going to be leaders with the UFC. I'm sorry, but you're not going to be among the leaders.

The UFC is the standard and the UFC has too many early leads. The level of their fighters is just too high and it's a well-oiled machine. People will now say for me, 'This guy is an employee of that company' Yes, the UFC writes me checks, and they're rich people.

But here's the thing. The UFC has developed a product that is so far ahead of everything else, it's crazy to even talk about it. From production, as far as the staff and the fighters, it's unmatched. The others aren't even close," Cormier said.

Daniel Cormier has spent most of his MMA career in the UFC and it seems like he may not have the best insight into how other organizations operate in terms of production. It is true that the UFC has the best fighters in the world, but the production itself could be discussed.