A note from Scott Coker
Dear Bellator Nation:
In 2019, Bellator has crowned a new heavyweight champion, launched our European series, secured two new major television distribution deals, witnessed memorable knockouts, major upsets and seen the rise of the next crop of Bellator stars….
…And it’s only March!!
We’ve seen Ryan Bader become the new heavyweight champ after his first-round KO of Russian icon, Fedor Emelianenko, Michael “Venom” Page close out his rivalry over archrival Paul Daley to advance to the semifinals of the Bellator Welterweight World Grand Prix, James Gallagher submit Steven Graham to the roar of his hometown supporters at a sold-out 3Arena in Dublin, and exciting promotional crossovers never before thought possible, with more to come.
We then saw the successful launch our exclusive European series in Newcastle, U.K., which marks the next phase in Bellator’s global expansion, where Patricky “Pitbull” won a back-and-forth battle over Ryan Scope. On the heels of the European series debut was the news of two major network distribution deals, with Sky Sports and Viacom’s Channel 5, that will further Bellator as a worldwide sports powerhouse.
…And we’ve only gotten started!
On April 27, we head back to the SAP Center in San Jose, where Rory MacDonald defends his title against Jon Fitch in the opening round of the Welterweight World Grand Prix and flyweight champ Ilima-Lei Macfarlane puts her crown on the line against Veta Arteaga.
We also return to the Windy City for a hard-hitting and star-filled card tailor-made for Chicago fight fans on May 11, as lightweight titleholder Michael Chandler sets his sights set on sworn enemy, the current featherweight world champion, Patricio “Pitbull.” Chandler looks to silence the always-exciting Brazilian superstar who has engaged with him in a long-standing feud. In the co-main event, Michael “Venom” Page meets Douglas Lima in the semifinals of the World Grand Prix, one of the world’s top featherweight prospects, A.J.McKee, battles former champ Pat Curran and the wildly-popular former WWE champ Jake Hager returns to the Bellator cage.
Both events will be available exclusively LIVE on DAZN, the world’s premier sports streaming service.
March will also include two action-packed cards on Paramount Network, including Bellator 218 on March 22, showcasing Emmanuel Sanchez vs. Georgi Karakhanyan and Bellator 219, highlighted by Saad Awad taking on Brandon Girtz, as well as the anticipated return of former champ Daniel Straus, on March 29.
Plus, our U.K. fans in Birmingham will see the second stop of the European series on May 4, as former champ Brent Primus headlines against Tim Wilde.
And finally, we recently announced that our next World Grand Prix tournament will feature our stacked featherweight division and will launch later this year. More details to come soon, but I can promise you, it will be a can’t-miss event that will play out over the course of the next year.
Bellator is poised for its best year yet! Now seen in 160 countries by over one billion people, Bellator is the hottest franchise in combat sports and we have YOU, the fans, to thank!
See you at the fights ...