BELLATOR MMA is launching on SHOWTIME on Friday, April 2 with BELLATOR MMA 255: Pitbull vs. Sanchez 2 followed by two consecutive Friday nights of live championship MMA fight action.
In anticipation of the launch, SHOWTIME will air a collection of BELLATOR specials and fight replays across its distribution platforms to set the stage for the April 2 live event featuring the BELLATOR MMA Featherweight World Grand Prix Semifinal, as well as the beginning of the highly anticipated BELLATOR MMA Light Heavyweight World Grand Prix set to begin on Friday, April 9 and Friday, April 16.
Starting this week, both SHOWTIME subscribers and non-subscribers have access to an exclusive collection of fights that have paved the way for the compelling upcoming matchups in each of these premier mixed martial arts tournaments featuring Patricio “Pitbull”, Emmanuel Sanchez, AJ McKee, Vadim Nemkov, Ryan Bader and more.In addition, SHOWTIME Sports will present a pair of highlight-driven specials hosted by Morning Kombat’s Brian Campbell and Luke Thomas to preview the Pitbull vs. Sanchez featherweight semifinal and the start of the eight-man Light Heavyweight World Grand Prix tournament.
Titled ROAD TO BELLATOR MMA, both special programs will consist of highlights, analysis, and fight predictions, as SHOWTIME Sports’ dynamic combat sports duo prepares viewers for the live debut of BELLATOR MMA on SHOWTIME.ROAD TO BELLATOR MMA: Pitbull vs. Sanchez 2 will debut on Monday, March 22 while ROAD TO BELLATOR MMA: Light Heavyweight World Grand Prix will premiere one week later on Monday, March 29 on the SHOWTIME Sports and BELLATOR MMA YouTube channels.On Saturday, March 27 , a replay of BELLATOR MMA 253: Caldwell vs. McKee will air on SHOWTIME at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
The four-fight card, including McKee’s iconic “McKee-otine” finish over former BELLATOR Bantamweight World Champion Darrion Caldwell that propelled the young star into the Featherweight World Grand Prix Final, will also replay on SHOWTIME on Sunday, March 28 at 12 Midnight ET/PT , and again on Thursday, April 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
BELLATOR 253, along with several past events which featured the world-class fighters in the upcoming tournaments, will be scheduled on SHOWTIME EXTREME weeknights at 10 p.m. ET/PT and are now available on SHOWTIME On Demand platforms. Select events will be available for free to non-subscribers via SHOWTIME distributor platforms and on Pluto TV’s SHOWTIME Selects and BELLATOR MMA channels.As part of the launch of BELLATOR MMA on SHOWTIME, the network is offering viewers who are new to the SHOWTIME streaming service a 30-day free trial, followed by a discounted monthly subscription fee of $4.99/month for the next six months.
Bellator 255: Patricio Pitbull vs. Emmanuel Sanchez free full live stream (Video)
For the first time ever, Bellator MMA will air on Showtime sports. It’s going to be a historic day for the organization and they are offering fans a multitude of ways to watch the entire card. One of those ways is, of course, Showtime. The event will also air on Pluto TV, Hulu, YouTube and FuboTV, plus TV providers Armstrong, Buckeye, Liberty, Optimum and Suddenlink without the need for a SHOWTIME subscription.
But here’s the best part … you can watch it right here too. We’ve embedded the stream for Friday’s card and all you have to do is be here to watch it. It’s literally that easy.
Here’s the full Bellator 255 fight card to get you excited for the 2021 return of Bellator. They’ve got an epic rematch for the main event which also happens to be a Featherweight Grand Prix bout and for the title. This will also be the first card featuring the new Bellator rankings.
Main card (SHOWTIME – 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT)
C-Patricio Pitbull (31-4) vs. No. 2-Emmanuel Sanchez (20-4) – Featherweight World Title/WGP Semifinal Bout
No. 3-Neiman Gracie (10-1) vs. No. 6-Jason Jackson (13-4)
No. 6-Tyrell Fortune (9-1, 1 NC) vs. Jack May (11-7, 1 NC)
Usman Nurmagomedov (11-0) vs. Mike Hamel (7-4)
No. 4-Alejandra Lara (9-3) vs. No. 5-Kana Watanabe (9-0-1)
Preliminary card (Bellator MMA YouTube Channel – 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT)
No. 6-Magomed Magomedov (17-1) vs. Cee Jay Hamilton (15-7)
Mukhamed Berkhamov (14-1) vs. Herman Terrado (15-5-1)
Mandel Nallo (7-1, 1 NC) vs. Ricardo Seixas (9-2)
Fabio Aguiar (17-1) vs. Khalid Murtazaliev (14-2)
Roger Huerta (24-12-1, 1 NC) vs. Chris Gonzalez (5-0)
Jose Augusto (6-2, 1 NC) vs. Jonathan Wilson (9-3)
Roman Faraldo (4-0) vs. Trevor Gudde (2-1)
Jordan Newman (2-0) vs. Branko Busick (2-1, 1 NC)