Bellator Fighting Championships have unveiled a new multi-year international television deal with FOX Sports Latin America.
The deal means that Bellator’s events will now be broadcast to over 50 million homes in Latin America including the MMA mecca that is Brazil.
Initially the agreement will see only Bellator’s past events and the ‘Bellator 360’ show being aired on the channel, but Bellator 106: Rampage Vs Ortiz, the promotion’s first ever pay-per-view event in the U.S on November 2nd, will air for free on FOX Sports Latin America.
In addition to that, in 2015 the channel will begin broadcasting 25 live Bellator events a year and there’s a suggestion that the promotion could now produce reality shows in some regions of Latin America, presumably in a similar fashion to the UFC’s ‘Ultimate Fighter’ show which has recently expanded with international editions.
“To have partnered with FOX Sports, Latin America’s largest and most powerful sports network is the perfect fit for Bellator in this incredibly vital region,” Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said of the deal. “This is just the beginning of what Bellator and FOX Sports International will build into the largest worldwide alliance in combat sports history.”
FOX Sports Latin America’s president Carlos Martinez was equally enthusiastic about the new agreement between the two parties.
“FOX Sports Latin America has been looking for the premier mixed martial arts organization to partner with, and Bellator is the perfect fit,” Martinez stated. “We are thrilled to make Bellator the widest distributed MMA promotion in Latin America and Brazil, reaching more than 50 million homes from day one.
“We are also very excited to be able to work as partners with Bellator to produce large scale Bellator events throughout Latin America and to produce reality shows in key territories. This partnership is a long term relationship that has virtually unlimited potential.”