PFL x Bellator: Champs: Renan Ferreira vs. Ryan Bader Prediction, Odds, and Picks (Feb 24)

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  • Renan Ferreira vs. Ryan Bader is a clash between PFL and Bellator heavyweight champs.
  • Ryan Bader is an MMA legend who’s defeated such legends of the sport as Fedor Emelianenko and Lyoto Machida.
  • Renan Ferreira is 6’7, making him Bader’s tallest opponent in his 17-year-long MMA career.

Renan Ferreira vs. Ryan Bader is the main event of PFL x Bellator: Champs, which will take place at Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Saturday, February 24, 2024. We’re now going to analyze the headliner bout, sharing our top Bader vs. Ferreira pick along the way.

How to Watch

  • When: Saturday, February 24, 2023, at 3:00 p.m. ET
  • Where: Kingdom Arena, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • How to Watch: ESPN+ PPV and DAZN


Renan Ferreira
Ryan Bader

Fight Preview

The PFL heavyweight champion Renan Ferreira (12-3-3) is locking horns with the heavyweight titleholder of Bellator MMA Ryan Bader (31-7-1) in the main event of PFL x Bellator: Champs.

The winner of this fight is expected to face legendary Francis Ngannou in his first MMA fight since leaving the UFC. We think that’s good enough motivation for both Ferreira and Bader to give all they’ve got in the February 24 fight.

Neither won’t lack any motivation at PFL x Bellator: Champs, but who’s got better skills? Ferreira is a fantastic striker, but that’s pretty much all he’s got. Meanwhile, Bader is a well-rounded fighter with plenty of experience.

While Ferreira’s biggest win happened in the PFL $1M fight against Denis Goltsov last year, Bader has fought (and defeated) many real MMA legends throughout his career, including Fedor Emelianenko and Lyoto Machida.

Ferreira does have some advantages over him. For example, he’s six inches taller than Bader and has an 11-inch longer reach. He’s also significantly heavier than Bader, who used to fight in the light heavyweight division until three years ago. Further, Ferreira is six younger than Bader who’s turning 41 later this year.

Renan Ferreira vs. Ryan Bader Prediction

Ryan Bader has never fought such a big guy as Renan Ferreira. The Brazilian is 6’8, has a long reach, and is great at boxing. If he can prevent Bader from taking the fight to the ground, he definitely stands a very good chance of winning.

We think he could do it by simply landing more significant strikes than the Bellator MMA champ, which should be enough for the judges to score in his favor.

Free Pick:

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