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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.


Foundation and 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.


Cage:

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.


Entering the pay-per-view scene:

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 Blagoi

Ivanov.


Tournament and Format:

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 Talent:

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 222 Results: One of the most popular fighters of all time retires after crushing loss 
Bellator 222 Results: One of the most popular fighters of all time retires after crushing loss 
WWE/MMA News: WWE star reportedly in talks of signing with Bellator
WWE/MMA News: WWE star reportedly in talks of signing with Bellator
WWE/MMA News: Did Jack Swagger win his 2nd MMA fight?
WWE/MMA News: Did Jack Swagger win his 2nd MMA fight?
Bellator 220 Results: Unthinkable draw and Doctor's Stoppage ends title fights
Bellator 220 Results: Unthinkable draw and Doctor's Stoppage ends title fights
WWE News: Bobby Lashley drops surprising hint on his WWE future
WWE News: Bobby Lashley drops surprising hint on his WWE future
Bellator 219 Results: Fighter pays tribute to Stone Cold Steve Austin, Epic main event
Bellator 219 Results: Fighter pays tribute to Stone Cold Steve Austin, Epic main event
Bellator 218 Results: Incredible comeback victory, veteran returns to heavyweight after 10 years
Bellator 218 Results: Incredible comeback victory, veteran returns to heavyweight after 10 years
Bellator 216 Results: 9-year undefeated streak ends, 20-year-old female fighter debuts
Bellator 216 Results: 9-year undefeated streak ends, 20-year-old female fighter debuts
Bellator 216: MVP vs Daley: Matches Start time, Live streaming Info, TV Telecast, Channel Guide & How and Where to Watch in India
Bellator 216: MVP vs Daley: Matches Start time, Live streaming Info, TV Telecast, Channel Guide & How and Where to Watch in India
Bellator Newcastle Results: Big upset as favorite suffers first loss in 10 fights
Bellator Newcastle Results: Big upset as favorite suffers first loss in 10 fights
Bellator 214 News: Jack Swagger accompanied to the cage by WWE Superstar R-Truth
Bellator 214 News: Jack Swagger accompanied to the cage by WWE Superstar R-Truth
MMA News: Cody Rhodes praises Jack Swagger ahead of Bellator Debut
MMA News: Cody Rhodes praises Jack Swagger ahead of Bellator Debut
Where and how to watch Jack Swagger fight at Bellator 214
Where and how to watch Jack Swagger fight at Bellator 214
MMA News: Vince McMahon's advice to Jack Swagger on his MMA debut
MMA News: Vince McMahon's advice to Jack Swagger on his MMA debut
Bellator News: Conor McGregor's coach John Kavanagh showers praise on UFC's rival
Bellator News: Conor McGregor's coach John Kavanagh showers praise on UFC's rival
UFC/Bellator News: Scott Coker takes a major dig at UFC 
UFC/Bellator News: Scott Coker takes a major dig at UFC 
Bellator 212 Results: Michael Chandler shines again
Bellator 212 Results: Michael Chandler shines again
MMA News: Former WWE superstar comments on Jack Swagger's Bellator debut
MMA News: Former WWE superstar comments on Jack Swagger's Bellator debut
MMA News: Former WWE Star announces Bellator MMA debut early in 2019
MMA News: Former WWE Star announces Bellator MMA debut early in 2019
Bellator 209 Results: 'Pitbull vs. Sanchez' Results from Bellator: Tel Aviv, Israel
Bellator 209 Results: 'Pitbull vs. Sanchez' Results from Bellator: Tel Aviv, Israel
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