Bellator Signs Warner Bros. Discovery Deal To Air Events On Max

Bellator has inked a deal with HBO Max, making the network their broadcaster.

The news is another significant development in Bellator’s future. The MMA organization was acquired by the PFL last year, as their former President, Scott Coker, left the company. The acquisition aimed to make the biggest fights, allowing the rosters from both organizations to compete. This happened on the PFL vs Bellator: Champs card last month.

The main event was headlined by PFL’s Renan Ferreira against Bellator’s Ryan Bader. Ferreira won the heavyweight clash in a first-round KO. Despite those developments, Bellator still needed a broadcaster. Their fights had been on Showtime, only for the network to exit combat sports at the end of last year.

However, the HBO deal provides Bellator a home for their fights. The network will show all of its eight events this year. The deal also allows HBO Max to show all their previous fights in a streaming service. Fans will also benefit from pre-event and post-event shows that will air on TruTV.

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“Following our historic acquisition of Bellator, Professional Fighters League is proud to partner with Warner Bros. Discovery for the highly anticipated Bellator Champions Series to stream exclusively on Max for fans across the United States, at no extra cost to subscribers when the global franchise launches on March 22.

“We’re excited for audiences to tune into Bellator’s new home on Max for eight Bellator Championship series events in 2024 taking place in iconic cities around the globe, featuring world title fights and the biggest stars in combat sports. There’s an incredible demand for premium, year-round MMA content from major media platforms and this is the latest milestone in PFL’s ambition to bring the sport’s best to audiences around the globe,” PFL CEO Peter Murray said

Schedule

Champions Series Belfast – The SSE Arena, Belfast, Ireland (March 22)

Champions Series Paris – Accor Arena (May 17)

Champions Series Dublin – 3Arena (June 22)

Champions Series San Diego – Perchanga Arena (September 7)

Champions Series London – OVO Wembley (September 14)

Champions Series Chicago – Wintrust Arena (October 12)

Champions Series Paris – ADIDAS Arena (November 16)

Champions Series – TBD (December 31)

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