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Bellator MMA

Bellator MMA is an American Mixed Martial Arts promotion based in Santa Monica, California. It is known for being one of the largest Mixed Martial Arts promotions in the world, following UFC.


  1. Bellator History
  2. Bellator Ring
  3. Bellator PPVs
  4. Bellator MMA tournament
  5. Bellator MMA Fighters
  6. Broadcast Partners


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Bellator History


Bellator MMA was founded in 2008 seeing the surge of popularity that the UFC had gathered by then-Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney. During the foundation, Bellator MMA featured ‘The Toughest Tournament in Sports’ which was a single-elimination tournament, where the winner of the tournaments were awarded $100,000.


Scott Coker then took over as the president of the company, stopping the tournament format, and following a traditional MMA format of a number of 1 vs 1 fights placed on Bellator cards throughout the year.


However, 2011 saw a major change take place in Bellator MMA. Viacom acquired a big stake in the company, and from the month of January in 2013, Bellator started being aired on Spike. They produced 25 annual events till 2015. They also produced highlight shows and some reality shows as well.


Bellator Ring


The cage of Bellator started with being a traditional Octagon. However, once Scott Coker took over, he changed the cage. It still has eight separate angles, thus technically still being an Octagon, but it looks far more like a circle than the old one.


Bellator PPVs


In 2014, the month of May was a tremendous one for Bellator MMA. Thy held their inaugural pay-per-view event from the Landers Center. The event saw the Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament Final where Rampage Jackson took on King Mo, Michael Chandler fought Will Brooks for the Lightweight Title, and Titio Ortiz fought Alexander Shlemenko. It also saw the final of Bellator Season 10 Heavyweight Tournament between Alexander Volkov and Blagoy Ivanov.


Bellator MMA tournamen


While the traditional tournament format was dropped by Scott Coker in favour of a more traditional MMA format, he introduced new tournaments which took place over the course of 3 months. The tournaments featured eight participants who all fought each other, slowly making their way to the next round.


The tournament also saw the creation of Bantamweight and Heavyweight weight-divisions in Bellator.


Bellator MMA Fighters


While Bellator MMA signs some of the top talent in the world, they have developed a reputation of signing former UFC Fighters for their big name status, and older fighters. On the other side they sign younger talent who had not made their name in the bigger scene yet. They do, however, have some fighters who have also purely made their name in Bellator. Some of their top talent include Ryan Bader, Michael Chandler, ‘Pitbull’ Patricky Freire, Fedor Emelianenko, Gegard Mousasi, Rampage Jackson to name but a few.


Broadcast Partners


With Viacom holding a majority share, their shows were broadcast on MTV2, later the Paramount Network (then known as Spike). Following that, in 2018, they announced a streaming deal with DAZN. Since Bellator 206, all the events are available in DAZN now, as well as 7 exclusive cards which have been paired with them as well.


Bellator on Showtime: All you need to know about MMA promotion's deal with the TV network

Bellator on Showtime: All you need to know about MMA promotion's deal with the TV network

Former Bellator champion Daniel Straus arrested for allegedly stabbing lady

Former Bellator champion Daniel Straus arrested for allegedly stabbing lady

MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko is battling COVID-19 in hospital

MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko is battling COVID-19 in hospital

Yoel Romero was preparing for his next fight when UFC 'unexpectedly' released him

Yoel Romero was preparing for his next fight when UFC 'unexpectedly' released him

Former UFC stars Anthony Johnson and Yoel Romero likely to fight each other on Bellator debut

Former UFC stars Anthony Johnson and Yoel Romero likely to fight each other on Bellator debut

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Bellator sign Darina Madzyuk, the woman who KO'd a 529lb man in viral video

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What is Dillon Danis' fight record?

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5 opponents Yoel Romero could fight after joining Bellator

Yoel Romero signs with Bellator, set for debut in 2021

Yoel Romero signs with Bellator, set for debut in 2021

5 fighters who were brutally knocked out by Anthony Johnson

5 fighters who were brutally knocked out by Anthony Johnson

Anthony Johnson reportedly headed to Bellator after parting ways with the UFC

Anthony Johnson reportedly headed to Bellator after parting ways with the UFC

AJ McKee says there 'isn't enough money in the fight game' to pit him against his friend Aaron Pico

AJ McKee says there 'isn't enough money in the fight game' to pit him against his friend Aaron Pico

WATCH: Bellator featherweight Aaron Pico lands devastating overhand KO on John de Jesus

WATCH: Bellator featherweight Aaron Pico lands devastating overhand KO on John de Jesus

Bellator middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi on potential super-fight against UFC champion Israel Adesanya

Bellator middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi on potential super-fight against UFC champion Israel Adesanya

Bellator 250 Results: Gegard Mousasi regains middleweight title in back and forth main event encounter

Bellator 250 Results: Gegard Mousasi regains middleweight title in back and forth main event encounter

Jake Hager involved in a slugfest in return fight at Bellator 250, Renee Young reacts

Jake Hager involved in a slugfest in return fight at Bellator 250, Renee Young reacts

Jake Hager reveals why fighting with no crowd works in his favor (Exclusive) 

Jake Hager reveals why fighting with no crowd works in his favor (Exclusive) 

AEW's Jake Hager returns to the cage at Bellator 250 on October 29

AEW's Jake Hager returns to the cage at Bellator 250 on October 29

Scott Coker says Dillon Danis isn't ready to fight despite being called out consistently 

Scott Coker says Dillon Danis isn't ready to fight despite being called out consistently 

Bellator 249: Cris Cyborg retains Featherweight title with a dominant submission win

Bellator 249: Cris Cyborg retains Featherweight title with a dominant submission win

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