Bjorn Rebney is in a rush to get fights to Latin-American fans. | Keith Mills/Sherdog.com
Bellator MMA will premiere live content on Fox Sports Latin America much sooner than expected.
While the Viacom-owned organization previously announced that Bellator would debut live shows on the network beginning in 2015, a recent announcement revealed that the promotion will instead appear on Fox Sports Latin America beginning this Friday with Bellator 110.
This new agreement allows the network to broadcast all Bellator shows this year across Latin America. The original multi-year agreement announced in September also granted Fox Sports Latin America rights to broadcast Bellator’s archived content, including best-of-shows and events from prior seasons. Bellator is currently honoring a pan-regional deal with Turner Broadcasting and a deal with Esporte Interativo in Brazil, though Fox Sports Latin America will gain total exclusivity to Bellator content in the region beginning in 2015.
“When we saw the initial incredible response to our announcement of the Bellator/Fox Latin America alliance, coupled with the ratings from Fox’s first live broadcast in Latin America, we knew we had to figure out a way to have our fans throughout Latin America receive all of our live fights as quickly as possible,” Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said in the announcement. “The [people] at Fox Sports have been tremendous partners to work with, and I am really pleased to announce that our spectacular 10th season and beyond will be able to be seen live throughout Latin America for many years to come on Fox.”