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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.


Dillon Danis and Khrony Gracie removed from Bellator 238 due to injuries

Dillon Danis and Khrony Gracie removed from Bellator 238 due to injuries

Cris Cyborg has a big dream to achieve in Bellator

Cris Cyborg has a big dream to achieve in Bellator

MMA News: Former Bellator Champion talks about a possible trilogy with Douglas Lima

MMA News: Former Bellator Champion talks about a possible trilogy with Douglas Lima

MMA News: Bellator President claims Cris Cyborg is the greatest female fighter of all time

MMA News: Bellator President claims Cris Cyborg is the greatest female fighter of all time

Bellator News: Quinton Jackson comments on rumors that his fight against Fedor Emelianenko was fixed

Bellator News: Quinton Jackson comments on rumors that his fight against Fedor Emelianenko was fixed

MMA News: Michael Venom Page says he takes 'can crusher' jibe as compliment

MMA News: Michael Venom Page says he takes 'can crusher' jibe as compliment

MMA News: Fedor Emelianenko clarifies he isn't retiring, wishes to compete in U.S. and Russia

MMA News: Fedor Emelianenko clarifies he isn't retiring, wishes to compete in U.S. and Russia

Bellator 237 Results: MMA Legend retires, Former UFC Champion destroyed in the main event

Bellator 237 Results: MMA Legend retires, Former UFC Champion destroyed in the main event

Bellator 237 News: Fedor Emelianenko knocks out Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson, announces retirement

Bellator 237 News: Fedor Emelianenko knocks out Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson, announces retirement

Bellator 235 Results: Main event changed at the last moment; 54-second devastating KO finishes night

Bellator 235 Results: Main event changed at the last moment; 54-second devastating KO finishes night

MMA News: AJ McKee submits opponent with brutal armbar at Bellator 236 (Watch)

MMA News: AJ McKee submits opponent with brutal armbar at Bellator 236 (Watch)

MMA News: Bellator Flyweight overlooked by Scott Coker might not get title shot against Ilima-Lei Macfarlane

MMA News: Bellator Flyweight overlooked by Scott Coker might not get title shot against Ilima-Lei Macfarlane

MMA News: Hawaiian fighter Nainoa Dung set to make homeland proud on Bellator debut

MMA News: Hawaiian fighter Nainoa Dung set to make homeland proud on Bellator debut

MMA News: Champion Ilima-Lei Macfarlane opens up about defending her title at home

MMA News: Champion Ilima-Lei Macfarlane opens up about defending her title at home

MMA News: Rory MacDonald signs with PFL, comments on the move

MMA News: Rory MacDonald signs with PFL, comments on the move

Exclusive: Ilima-Lei Macfarlane on her Dec. 21 fight at "Bellator 236" & more

Exclusive: Ilima-Lei Macfarlane on her Dec. 21 fight at "Bellator 236" & more

Josh Barnett on his fight for Bellator's "Salute The Troops" & more (Exclusive)

Josh Barnett on his fight for Bellator's "Salute The Troops" & more (Exclusive)

UFC News: Liz Carmouche open to fighting for Bellator MMA following UFC release

UFC News: Liz Carmouche open to fighting for Bellator MMA following UFC release

MMA News: Benson Henderson to miss Bellator Japan showdown against Michael Chandler

MMA News: Benson Henderson to miss Bellator Japan showdown against Michael Chandler

Bellator News: Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson prepared to fight top Heavyweight boxer for $100 million

Bellator News: Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson prepared to fight top Heavyweight boxer for $100 million

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