Bellator MMA has announced a new extended broadcast agreement with the BBC, keeping BBC iPlayer as the only home for all MMA programming in the UK.
After a favourable two-year media rights deal, all 2023 Bellator events, such as all UK, European, and international shows, will be shown live and on demand.
Sports fans in the UK will now have exposure to watch athletes like Ryan Bader, Patricio “Pitbull” Freire, Johnny Eblen, Usman Nurmagomedov, Cris “Cyborg,” and Yaroslav Amosov as well as British athletes like Michael “Venom” Page and Fabian Edwards thanks to the agreement.
Head of BELLATOR Europe, David Green, commented, “We’ve enjoyed an incredibly successful relationship with the BBC to date, so we’re delighted to announce the renewal of this deal which has made world class MMA action more accessible than ever to fans in the UK. Our 2023 calendar shows the promotion is incredibly strong and we’re excited to continue bringing all our events and this amazing sport to as many people in the UK as possible with the BBC.”
The group said in a statement, “The new deal represents a continued commitment from the BBC to show Bellator events across its platform as the sport of MMA continues to make huge strides in the UK. BELLATOR will continue to benefit from increased prominence across BBC Sport’s digital platforms such as the BBC Sport website and app.”
The extension comes ahead of Bellator’s Saturday welterweight unification fight between BELLATOR Welterweight World Champion Yaroslav Amosov and interim titleholder Logan Storley in Dublin’s 3Arena.
President of BELLATOR MMA, Scott Coker, said, “MMA has never been in a better place in the UK and I’m very proud of the impact we as a promotion have had there. We’re excited by our growth in European markets like the UK and to have the continued support of the BBC as we bring the sport to more people than ever.”