(CBS Local) – Bellator MMA and CBS Sports Network announced on Friday that the promotion will be broadcasting live events on CBSSN starting this fall. As part of the partnership, CBS Sports Network will broadcast Bellator's events live in the United States. Preliminary matches will be broadcast on CBSSports.com and the Bellator YouTube channel.
The first event to air on the CBS Sports Network will be on Thursday October 1st with Bellator 247 live from Milan, Italy. This weekend, on Saturday 10 October, Bellator Paris will follow.
Bellator 247 is led by world weights Paul Daley (42-17-2) and Derek Anderson (16-3, 1 NC). Bellator Paris brings a welterweight bout between Michael Page (17-1) and Ross Houston (8-0, 1 NC) and a heavyweight bout between Cheick Kongo (30-10-2, 1 NC) and Tim Johnson (14- 6). .
“We are excited that CBS Sports Network is the new home for live Bellator MMA events. It's a great opportunity to showcase some of the best events and biggest names in the sport, "said Dan Weinberg, executive vice president of programming at CBS Sports, in a statement. "The addition of Bellator MMA to the CBS Sports portfolio enables greater promotion, engagement and awareness across all of our platforms and assets, including CBS Sports Network, CBSSports.com, CBS Sports HQ and our various social accounts."
The USA’s first live promotion will take place on Thursday October 15 when defending champion Cris “Cyborg” (22-2, 1 NC) has her first title defense against Australian Ariene Blencowe (13-7) at Bellator 249 from the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut.
"I'm thrilled to see Bellator live events happening on the CBS Sports Network starting October 1, as well as the unique opportunities the partnership offers across all of the CBS Sports platforms," said Scott Coker, President of Bellator, in one Explanation. “CBS Sports is synonymous with cult sports broadcasts and it is incredible that Bellator MMA is now in this family. I would like to thank Paramount Network, formerly Spike TV, for the years of support that has helped bring Bellator into today's organization. This message marks another exciting relationship between two ViacomCBS objects. I look forward to showing the greatest fights with the world's best athletes live on the CBS Sports Network and introducing Bellator to a whole new audience this fall. "
For more information on upcoming battle maps and where to see them, visit Bellator.com.