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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.


"I'd beat him so bad he'd turn into a feminist" - Dillon Danis calls out Andrew Tate for a fight upon MMA return
"I'd beat him so bad he'd turn into a feminist" - Dillon Danis calls out Andrew Tate for a fight upon MMA return

"I'd beat him so bad he'd turn into a feminist" - Dillon Danis calls out Andrew Tate for a fight upon MMA return

"If I can honestly say, I think taking out my breast implants" - Cat Zingano reveals that implant allergies were preventing her from being the best fighter she could be
"If I can honestly say, I think taking out my breast implants" - Cat Zingano reveals that implant allergies were preventing her from being the best fighter she could be

"If I can honestly say, I think taking out my breast implants" - Cat Zingano reveals that implant allergies were preventing her from being the best fighter she could be

Cris Cyborg reveals plans for boxing debut on September 25 in her hometown, venue could host up to 50,000 people
Cris Cyborg reveals plans for boxing debut on September 25 in her hometown, venue could host up to 50,000 people

Cris Cyborg reveals plans for boxing debut on September 25 in her hometown, venue could host up to 50,000 people

What is Khabib Nurmagomedov's cousin, Usman Nurmagomedov's Bellator record?
What is Khabib Nurmagomedov's cousin, Usman Nurmagomedov's Bellator record?

What is Khabib Nurmagomedov's cousin, Usman Nurmagomedov's Bellator record?

Patricio Pitbull urgently calls for donation to help MMA fighter survive near-fatal road accident 
Patricio Pitbull urgently calls for donation to help MMA fighter survive near-fatal road accident 

Patricio Pitbull urgently calls for donation to help MMA fighter survive near-fatal road accident 

"She’s 2-0 after leaving USADA and fighting on YouTube" - Cris Cyborg does not care about Cat Zingano's recent comments on drug testing
"She’s 2-0 after leaving USADA and fighting on YouTube" - Cris Cyborg does not care about Cat Zingano's recent comments on drug testing

"She’s 2-0 after leaving USADA and fighting on YouTube" - Cris Cyborg does not care about Cat Zingano's recent comments on drug testing

Top 5 Michael 'Venom' Page finishes in Bellator so far
Top 5 Michael 'Venom' Page finishes in Bellator so far

Top 5 Michael 'Venom' Page finishes in Bellator so far

5 Predictions for Bellator 282 
5 Predictions for Bellator 282 

5 Predictions for Bellator 282 

YouTuber Slim Albaher accuses Bellator lightweight Kane Mousah of physical assault ahead of fight - "I have a retinal detachment"
YouTuber Slim Albaher accuses Bellator lightweight Kane Mousah of physical assault ahead of fight - "I have a retinal detachment"

YouTuber Slim Albaher accuses Bellator lightweight Kane Mousah of physical assault ahead of fight - "I have a retinal detachment"

"We need more of this in MMA" - Ariel Helwani praises Bellator and BKFC for making Michael 'Venom' Page vs. Mike Perry possible
"We need more of this in MMA" - Ariel Helwani praises Bellator and BKFC for making Michael 'Venom' Page vs. Mike Perry possible

"We need more of this in MMA" - Ariel Helwani praises Bellator and BKFC for making Michael 'Venom' Page vs. Mike Perry possible

Gegard Mousasi calls Conor McGregor "cokehead", predicts UFC 276 main event, ranks Khabib Nurmagomedov among GOATs ahead of Johnny Eblen title defense
Gegard Mousasi calls Conor McGregor "cokehead", predicts UFC 276 main event, ranks Khabib Nurmagomedov among GOATs ahead of Johnny Eblen title defense

Gegard Mousasi calls Conor McGregor "cokehead", predicts UFC 276 main event, ranks Khabib Nurmagomedov among GOATs ahead of Johnny Eblen title defense

Jake Paul challenged by Dillon Danis to make him submit, offers reward to fans if it happens - "I’ll give everyone who likes this 10k each"
Jake Paul challenged by Dillon Danis to make him submit, offers reward to fans if it happens - "I’ll give everyone who likes this 10k each"

Jake Paul challenged by Dillon Danis to make him submit, offers reward to fans if it happens - "I’ll give everyone who likes this 10k each"

"Another reminder that you don't play boxing" - Bellator champion Cris Cyborg shows respect to African boxer who died after bout
"Another reminder that you don't play boxing" - Bellator champion Cris Cyborg shows respect to African boxer who died after bout

"Another reminder that you don't play boxing" - Bellator champion Cris Cyborg shows respect to African boxer who died after bout

Dillon Danis claims he will hand KSI "the worst beating England has taken since 1776"
Dillon Danis claims he will hand KSI "the worst beating England has taken since 1776"

Dillon Danis claims he will hand KSI "the worst beating England has taken since 1776"

Alex Polizzi posts X-ray of broken jaw suffered against Yoel Romero at Bellator 280 
Alex Polizzi posts X-ray of broken jaw suffered against Yoel Romero at Bellator 280 

Alex Polizzi posts X-ray of broken jaw suffered against Yoel Romero at Bellator 280 

"You can cause yourself problems" - John McCarthy questions whether Floyd Mayweather is damaging his legacy in boxing
"You can cause yourself problems" - John McCarthy questions whether Floyd Mayweather is damaging his legacy in boxing

"You can cause yourself problems" - John McCarthy questions whether Floyd Mayweather is damaging his legacy in boxing

Khabib Nurmagomedov ready to make heavyweight superfight between Junior dos Santos and Fedor Emelianenko
Khabib Nurmagomedov ready to make heavyweight superfight between Junior dos Santos and Fedor Emelianenko

Khabib Nurmagomedov ready to make heavyweight superfight between Junior dos Santos and Fedor Emelianenko

"He is real, that's the big difference" - John McCarthy on why he favors Bellator's Danny Sabatello over Colby Covington
"He is real, that's the big difference" - John McCarthy on why he favors Bellator's Danny Sabatello over Colby Covington

"He is real, that's the big difference" - John McCarthy on why he favors Bellator's Danny Sabatello over Colby Covington

Former Bellator veteran Joe Taimanglo in court again for illegal gun and drug possession case
Former Bellator veteran Joe Taimanglo in court again for illegal gun and drug possession case

Former Bellator veteran Joe Taimanglo in court again for illegal gun and drug possession case

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5 reasons why a match between Kayla Harrison and Cris Cyborg needs to happen

5 reasons why a match between Kayla Harrison and Cris Cyborg needs to happen

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