Bellator announces move to Showtime, Light Heavyweight Grand Prix

Yoel Romero Weigh-in Arm to Sky
Yoel Romero Weigh-in Arm to Sky

Bellator Mixed Martial Arts on Tuesday exposed that Showtime would be the brand-new house of the battle promo, starting with its re-start on April 2.

The brand-new collaboration puts Bellator on Friday nights, simply after the promo had actually transferred to CBS Sports on Thursday nights throughout the tail end of 2020.

So why did the Showtime relocation come so not long after the relocate to CBS Sports?

“When you look at the trajectory of Bellator, who they’ve been able to sign as free agents, their ability to build new stars and contribute to the sport, the time just felt right for us to combine forces,” stated Stephen Espinoza, President of Showtime Sports. “Bellator has matured and elevated itself to a point where it now belongs on a premium television network.”

It’s a beast relocation for Bellator and they are going huge right out of eviction on Showtime, with a stacked month of battle cards that consists of a much expected Light Heavyweight Grand Prix.

Bellator starts on Showtime on April 2

Bellator gotten ready for the relocation by signing a flurry of leading tier skill, with the spotlight zeroing in on light heavyweights Anthony “Rumble” Johnson and Yoel Romero.

Not wishing to run the risk of the match-up, Bellator authorities on Tuesday revealed that Johnson and Romero would combat in a quarterfinal bout of the Light Heavyweight Grand Prix on April 16.

Prior to that occasion, nevertheless, Bellator starts the relocation with occasions on April 2 and April 9.

Bellator 256 on April 9 likewise includes the Light Heavyweight Grand Prix with previous 205-pound champ and present heavyweight titleholder Ryan Bader squaring off with Lyoto Machida in the opening round.

Bellator 255 happens on April 2, including the re-start of the Featherweight Grand Prix. Champ Patricio “Pitbull” Freire, puts his belt on the line in the semi-final round of the grand prix opposite Emmanuel Sanchez. The winner will then deal with AJ McKee in the last.

For the foreseeable future, Bellator occasions will air on Showtime on Fridays, beginning live at 9 p.m. ET and 6 p.m. PT.

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Bellator light heavyweight tournament
Bellator Light Heavyweight Grand Prix competition

Bellator Mixed Martial Arts relocates to Showtime

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.