WASHINGTON, D.C. – Bellator’s bantamweight division has emerged as a force to be reckoned with. Many consider it the promotion’s most competitive weight class, leading to comparisons with the UFC’s counterpart.
Donn Davis, the founder of PFL, has expressed confidence in the bantamweight roster his company acquired upon their official purchase of Bellator. Davis went on record stating that Bellator’s bantamweight champion, Patchy Mix, is superior to UFC’s 135-pound champion, Sean O’Malley.
“Patchy Mix could beat ‘Suga,’” Davis told reporters following the 2023 PFL Championship on Friday night. “He doesn’t have the hair, but he’s got better fighting. I think that most people think that it’s a good fight, or that Patchy is a slight favorite, but it’s a damn good fight.
Davis also revealed that there are no immediate plans for a PFL bantamweight season in 2024. Mix (19-1) is set to defend his title against challengers yet to be determined in the eight expected Bellator events for 2024.
Mix recently unified the Bellator bantamweight title when he defeated Sergio Pettis at Bellator 301 earlier this month. With a six-fight winning streak, Mix has only one career blemish, a loss to Juan Archuleta in 2020.
Meanwhile, O’Malley (17-1) is scheduled to return to the octagon in March to defend his title against Marlon Vera, who handed him his only career loss. O’Malley became UFC champion in August after stopping Aljamain Sterling at UFC 292 in Boston.
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