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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 cancels all MMA events scheduled to take place in May

Bellator cancels all MMA events scheduled to take place in May

Leslie Smith expresses displeasure at UFC being unfair to deserving title contenders

Leslie Smith expresses displeasure at UFC being unfair to deserving title contenders

Will A.J. McKee continue in Bellator's featherweight Grand Prix?

Will A.J. McKee continue in Bellator's featherweight Grand Prix?

Cal Ellenor takes shots at James Gallagher for pulling out of Bellator Dublin; casts doubt on legitimacy of injuries

Cal Ellenor takes shots at James Gallagher for pulling out of Bellator Dublin; casts doubt on legitimacy of injuries

Ahead of title fight at Bellator 243, Douglas Lima recalls sparring with opponent Gegard Mousasi

Ahead of title fight at Bellator 243, Douglas Lima recalls sparring with opponent Gegard Mousasi

MMA Fighter who claimed to be 'best heavyweight in the world' has his undefeated streak knocked out of him at Bellator 239

MMA Fighter who claimed to be 'best heavyweight in the world' has his undefeated streak knocked out of him at Bellator 239

Bellator 239 Results: Ruth vs Amosov - Incredible upset at Bellator; Undefeated streak continues

Bellator 239 Results: Ruth vs Amosov - Incredible upset at Bellator; Undefeated streak continues

Bellator Dublin: McCourt vs Ruis - Matches, start time, live streaming info, TV channel, how, when and where to watch Bellator 240 in the US & UK

Bellator Dublin: McCourt vs Ruis - Matches, start time, live streaming info, TV channel, how, when and where to watch Bellator 240 in the US & UK

Bellator 239: Ruth vs Amosov - Matches, start time, live streaming info, TV channel, how, when and where to watch in the US & UK

Bellator 239: Ruth vs Amosov - Matches, start time, live streaming info, TV channel, how, when and where to watch in the US & UK

Douglas Lima aims to become 'double champ' by beating Gegard Mousasi at Bellator 243 for the vacant middleweight title

Douglas Lima aims to become 'double champ' by beating Gegard Mousasi at Bellator 243 for the vacant middleweight title

Bellator middleweight champion Rafael Lovato Jr. vacates title owing to serious medical condition

Bellator middleweight champion Rafael Lovato Jr. vacates title owing to serious medical condition

Bellator president Scott Coker promises to host events in France as MMA gets legalized in the nation via landmark announcement

Bellator president Scott Coker promises to host events in France as MMA gets legalized in the nation via landmark announcement

Bellator president Scott Coker all praises for Aaron Pico post huge KO victory

Bellator president Scott Coker all praises for Aaron Pico post huge KO victory

Paul 'Semtex' Daley to face fellow ex-UFC fighter at Bellator 241

Paul 'Semtex' Daley to face fellow ex-UFC fighter at Bellator 241

Cris Cyborg opens up on her newly set world record at Bellator 238

Cris Cyborg opens up on her newly set world record at Bellator 238

Viral knockout artist does not mind facing 'good friend' Michael 'Venom' Page

Viral knockout artist does not mind facing 'good friend' Michael 'Venom' Page

"I felt like a slave while working for UFC," says Cris Cyborg after becoming Bellator featherweight champion

"I felt like a slave while working for UFC," says Cris Cyborg after becoming Bellator featherweight champion

Ryan Bader back at light heavyweight; set to defend title against Vadim Nemkov in May

Ryan Bader back at light heavyweight; set to defend title against Vadim Nemkov in May

Sergio Pettis shines on Bellator debut, finishes Alfred Khashakyan with nasty guillotine choke

Sergio Pettis shines on Bellator debut, finishes Alfred Khashakyan with nasty guillotine choke

Former UFC Champion Cris Cyborg creates unbelievable world record on Bellator debut

Former UFC Champion Cris Cyborg creates unbelievable world record on Bellator debut

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