The event will mark the first major mixed martial arts show in France. The country recognized MMA as an official sport earlier this year after banning it in 2016. The French Boxing Commission has been tasked with overseeing the regulation of the sport.France has long been one of the last European resistance fighters not to recognize sport or to host a major event.
UFC officials have publicly stated on several occasions that they are interested in hosting an event in France once the sport becomes legal there, although a date or deadline has never been discussed. It is not known if France was in its 2020 plans before the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
Although Bellator Card participants are currently unknown, it should be noted that one of Bellator’s best heavyweights is veteran Cheick Kongo, who was born in Paris and considered a pioneer of French MMA.