By now, we’re four Bellator MMA cards into the promotion’s new streaming deal with DAZN, a subscription-based streaming service.
If you haven’t gotten a DAZN subscription yet, do it.
DAZN was rolled out to United States users on Sept. 10 and costs a $9.99/ month fee. New subscribers obtain a one-month trial free of charge upon their subscription going live.
Furthermore, DAZN has previously launched in other nations, with the service acquiring streaming rights to the National Football League and NFL RedZone in Canada last season.
The initial live broadcast of a Bellator MMA event on DAZN was the Sept. 21 Bellator 205 card, featuring a three-round Featherweight headliner won by AJ McKee over John Macapa (first-round TKO), a simulcast of the card televised by Paramount Network.
In addition to the TV simulcasts of Bellator events, DAZN will occasionally offer Bellator cards exclusively to its platform (most recently offering Bellator 206 on Sept. 29, an event whose live telecast on Viacom-owned Five in the United Kingdom was marred by the main event preempted for a block of Peppa Pig episodes.)
The next Bellator MMA event exclusive to DAZN will be on Dec. 15, Bellator 213 (the last Bellator MMA card of 2018) from Honolulu, HI, which is scheduled to feature a main event for the Women’s Flyweight title between Ilima-Lei MacFarlane (8-0) and Valerie LeTourneau (10-6) at 10 p.m. EST, 7 p.m. PST, 5 p.m. HST.
But it’s not just Bellator you’ll be receiving should you decide to subscribe to DAZN in terms of combat sports.
A quick glance at the upcoming schedule for DAZN indicates that this Friday, Oct. 19, Fight Nights Global 90 from the Russian-based Fight Nights Global promotion will be streamed at 11 a.m. EDT, 8 a.m. PDT on the platform.
(Side note: Who doesn’t love a little MMA with their morning coffee?)
Furthermore, DAZN also will stream cards from the Combate Americas promotion on its platform in the USA and Canada, as they did on Oct. 13 with Combate Mexico vs. USA.
Boxing is also on there, with events from the World Boxing Super Series and the Matchroom Boxing promotion.
In my opinion, I love the fact that DAZN has teamed up with Bellator. For one, it allows West Coast-based MMA fans to follow along with the shows as they unfold, whereas before they had to watch via tape-delay on Paramount Network with the card’s results already accessible on the Internet.
I personally enjoy it because it permits me to watch the card to its completion without having to switch from the Bellator live stream to the Paramount Network live stream.
If such a thing as a complete package for combat sports aficionados exists, this is it.
EDIT: October 17, 2018: The complete package just got even bigger. Wednesday, it was announced that Canelo Alvarez’s next 11 fights over the course of the next five years will be exclusive to the platform.
The deal is $365 million over its lifetime, and will commence Saturday, Dec. 15 with the WBA Super Middleweight title fight vs. Rocky Fielding.
In addition, Golden Boy Promotions will also stream its content on DAZN during the contract.
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