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Bellator MMA inks multi-year live programming deal with streaming service DAZN

MMA Press Conference Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images

Bellator MMA and parent company Viacom are finally getting into the digital streaming business after landing a multi-year, $100 million broadcast deal with DAZN, bringing live mixed martial arts (MMA) action to fight fans beginning Sept. 29.

That’s when welterweight kingpin Rory MacDonald will fight Gegard Mousasi for “The Dreamcatcher’s” middleweight strap, a San Jose-based fight card that also features the latest showdown between Quinton Jackson and Wanderlei Silva, among others.

“This exciting new partnership with DAZN is a game-changer for Bellator,” Bellator President Scott Coker stated. “The investment will enable us to continue expanding our roster with free agents that make sense so we can put on pay-per-view-worthy fight cards that fans will want to see. Plus, on DAZN’s worldwide platform, our fights will be seen live for the first time to new audiences around the globe.”

No more silly tape-delayed broadcasts like this one.

DAZN, which launched in summer 2016 and already operational in Austria, Canada, Germany, Japan and Switzerland, is expected to stream seven Bellator MMA events exclusively in the United States following this September’s online debut, in addition to its rapidly-growing boxing line up for just $9.99 per month (contract free).

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