Sky Sports has entered the MMA scene as the broadcaster has signed a one-year deal to show Bellator’s main shows.
Sky Sports have today confirmed that their deal with Bellator will show a minimum of 20 events and starts with the hotly anticipated clash between British welterweight contenders Paul Daley and Michael ‘Venom’ Page at Bellator 216 on February 16th.
With Bellator events set to air exclusively on Sky Sports Action and Sky Sports Main Event in the UK and Ireland, the broadcaster has confirmed that Ireland’s James Gallagher’s return to action will be aired at Bellator 217 on February 23rd while Bellator’s welterweight grand prix will also be shown.
Scott Coker, Bellator President, said of the deal: “This is a groundbreaking partnership for MMA in the UK and we are thrilled to finally bring live Bellator events to our passionate fan-base there. We have worked diligently to find the right network in the UK and Sky Sports will undoubtedly deliver for our viewers. I’m excited that our fans overseas will now be able to be part of our events that take place around the globe and witness some of the best athletes in the sport today.”
Georgie Faulkner, Head of Multi-Sports at Sky Sports, said: “We are delighted to be able to partner with Bellator to give our customers the chance to see some of the best, high-octane fighters in the world via their MMA 2019 tour.”
Sky Sports fight dates announced:
- Bellator 216: MVP vs. Daley – Saturday Feb. 16, 2019 – Mohegan Sun Casino – Uncasville, CT, USA
- Bellator 217: Gallagher vs. Graham – Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019 – 3Arena – Dublin
- Bellator 218: Sanchez vs. Grimshaw – Friday, March 22 – WinStar World Casino & Resort – Thackerville, OK, USA
- Bellator 219: Koreshkov vs. Larkin – Friday, March 29 – Pechanga Resort Casino – Temecula, CA, USA
- Bellator 220: MacDonald vs. Fitch – Saturday, April 27 – SAP Center – San Jose, CA, USA