Bellator MMA fights will be available to stream live on SHOWTIME
Bellator MMA™ and SHOWTIME Sports®, both leaders in the combat sports arena, have teamed up to bring world-class live mixed martial arts events back to the premium television service for years to come. Bellator MMA and SHOWTIME Sports, both owned by entertainment giant ViacomCBS, will air live events exclusively on SHOWTIME on Friday nights and will launch with three consecutive weeks of championship fights beginning Friday, April 2 at 9PM ET/6PM PT, and continuing on Friday, April 9 and Friday, April 16.
The three-week launch is comprised of highly anticipated match ups including the semi-finals of the Featherweight World Grand Prix and the opening rounds of the Light Heavyweight World Grand Prix tournament featuring eight Bellator MMA stars from the deepest 205-pound division in the sport. Following the initial run of three live events, SHOWTIME will televise up to two live Bellator MMA events per month for the remainder of the year. All Bellator MMA events, domestically and internationally, will be available on SHOWTIME in the United States. Preliminary undercard matchups will stream live on Bellator MMA’s YouTube channel, SHOWTIME Sports YouTube channel and across online partner platforms.
Bellator MMA has positioned itself as a leader in the industry with the strongest roster of fighters in the history of the organization, which has been built through top free agent signings and the development of elite young prospects. The union with SHOWTIME Sports will take both established brands to the next level, as SHOWTIME doubles its live combat sports offering for subscribers, while giving Bellator’s premier athletes an opportunity to showcase their topnotch talent to a new audience on a new platform.
SHOWTIME, the standard bearer for live world championship boxing coverage, will televise Bellator MMA events live on both coasts throughout the U.S. The network televised its first boxing event in 1986 and for 35 years has been a leader in producing high-quality combat sports events and shoulder programming. SHOWTIME consistently presents the biggest names in the most compelling matchups in boxing via three flagship properties - SHOWTIME PPV®, SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® and ShoBox: The New Generation – which presents boxers at every level of their development from prospect to pay-per-view superstar.
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