BELLATOR and BBC’s budding relationship is continuing to thrive after it was announced all fights from both America and Europe will be broadcast live this year.
The MMA promotion signed a landmark UK broadcast deal with the Beeb in 2021.
That was for a series of events to be shown free on BBC’s iPlayer streaming platform.
However, that partnership deal has now expanded after Bellator confirmed ALL shows in 2023 broadcast live on BBC iPlayer.
Bellator's head of Europe David Green said: “We've enjoyed an incredibly successful relationship with the BBC to date, so we're delighted to announce a renewal of this partnership which has made world class MMA action more accessible than ever to fans in the UK.
“Our 2023 calendar shows the promotion is going from strength to strength and we're excited to continue bringing all our events and this amazing sport to as many people in the UK as possible.”
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The first event to be covered by the new deal will be Bellator 291 in Dublin this Saturday.
That show will see welterweight champion Yaroslav Amosov's return to the cage.
He will make his comeback following a year-long absence by defending his title against interim champ Logan Storley.
Amosov joined the Ukrainian military to help defend his nation from the invasion of Russian troops.
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Storley beat Michael “Venom” Page last May in London to claim the interim title in the champion's absence.
Pedro Carvalho's featherweight fight against Canadian Jeremy Kennedy is the co-main event.
And it will also include a host of Irish favourites such as Peter Queally, Sinead Kavanagh and Ciaran Clarke.
The events from America include Bellator 292 on 10 March and Bellator 293 on 31 March.
England’s MVP and Linton Vassell both feature at Bellator 292.
And Northern Ireland's Leah McCourt takes on American legend Cat Zingano at Bellator 293.
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