Bellator MMA is an American mixed military arts promoter based in Santa Monica, California that is possessed and worked as a backup of Viacom. It is one of the largest MMA promoters on the planet and highlights a large number of the more elite class competitors in combat sports. Its first occasion was held in 2009, with 213 “numbered” occasions held as of December 2018. The word bellator means “warrior” in Latin. The organization was recently known as Bellator Fighting Championships
The advertiser highlights striking abilities such as Michael Chandler, Ryan Bader, Gegard Mousasi, Paul Daley, Rory MacDonald, Lyoto Machida, Chael Sonnen, Muhammed Lawal, Patrício “Pitbull” Freire, Quinton “Frenzy” Jackson, Michael “Venom” Page, Fedor Emelianenko, & Matt Mitrione, among others
Bellator was established in 2008 by previous Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney. Under Rebney’s proprietorship, Bellator included “The Toughest Tournament in Sports”, which was a solitary disposal arrange that granted the victor of every eight-man or four-man competition a check for $100,000 and an ensured world-title battle against the current Bellator best on the planet in the material weight class.
Since Scott Coker took over as leader of the advertiser, Bellator has ceased with the competition arrangement and now pursues an increasingly customary MMA organize with different 1 versus 1 battles set on various cards consistently. Bellator changed their pen from a progressively customary octagon, to a less characterized one. The confine still has eight unique edges, making it an octagon, however it looks more round than its ancestor.
In December 2011, Viacom acquired a lion’s share stake of Bellator and in January 2013, all Bellator occasions started airing on Spike. Bellator delivered about 25 live occasions every year until 2015, just as shoulder programming including warrior highlights, feature shows and reality-based programming.
In May 2014, Bellator facilitated the organization’s debut pay-per-see occasion from the Landers Center. The occasion highlighted a Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament Final battle between Rampage Jackson and King Mo, Michael Chandler vs. Will Brooks for the Lightweight Interim World Title, Alexander Shlemenko vs. Tito Ortiz, the Bellator Season 10 Heavyweight Tournament Final between Alexander Volkov vs. Blagoi Ivanov and a component battle between Ricky Rainey vs. Michael Page.
Organization course of events
Sept. 2008 – Bellator was established by Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney.
Nov. 2008 – Bellator reports communicate assention with ESPN Deportes. Bellator turns into the primary advertiser to anchor live MMA programming on any household stage on the ESPN group of systems.
April 2009- Bellator 1 debuts on ESPN Deportes from Hollywood, Florida’s Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
May 2009- Toby Imada pulls off fantastic upset triangle accommodation gag over Jorge Masvidal, making a viral sensation on YouTube gathering over 1.5 million perspectives.
July 2009- Sports Illustrated calls Bellator “MMA’s example of overcoming adversity of the year”.
Oct. 2009-Bellator declares expansive scale assention with Fox Sports Net, NBC and Telemundo for Bellator’s Season 2 and 3.
April 2010-Bellator Season 2 makes a big appearance on Fox Sports Net from Hollywood, Florida’a Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
Dec. 2010-Bellator declares English dialect selective communicate with MTV2, starting in 2011.
Blemish. 2011-Bellator Season 4 debuts on MTV 2.
Oct. 2011- Viacom purchases larger part stake in Bellator and declares Bellator will move to Spike.
Nov. 2011-Nov. 19th Michael Chandler & Eddie Alvarez compete in the Lightweight World Title battle that is broadly viewed as 2011’s Fight of the Year.
Aug. 2012-Bellator moves corporate workplaces from Chicago, IL to Newport Beach, CA.
Jan. 2013-Bellator starts airing unique shoulder programming including “Bellator 360”.
Jan. 2013-Bellator Season 8 debuts Jan. 17 on Spike to over 1.2 million watchers.
Feb. 2013-Bjorn Rebney and Spike President Kevin Kay jointly declare another Bellator unscripted TV drama, “Bellator MMA Fight Master”.
Sept. 2013– Bellator 100 happens from Phoenix’s Grand Canyon University.
Sept. 2013-Bellator consents to multi-year association arrangement with Fox Sports Latin America giving Bellator the biggest MMA conveyance bargain in Latin America MMA history.
Nov. 2013-Nov. second Chandler versus Alvarez II conveys 1.4 million watchers on Spike TV and turns into the most astounding appraised MMA TV appear on link amid the fall of 2013.
May 2014-Promotion held its first worldwide occasion in Rama, Canada.
May 2014-Bellator’s debut pay-per-see from the Landers Center at Bellator 120.
June 2014-Company reports that both Chairman/CEO Bjorn Rebney and President Tim Danaher have left the organization.
Before, Bellator has sporadically highlighted competitions, dissimilar to a few other MMA advertisers. In any case, in 2015, Bellator President Scott Coker settled on the choice to drop the 8-man competition design for littler competitions.
Bellator included weight classes from bantamweight (135 pounds) through heavyweight (265 pounds) and competitions in each weight class were led over a three-month time span. Every competition started with the opening round including eight contenders in that particular weight class, moved onto the semi-finals and after that the finals. For four-man competitions, just the semi-finals and finals were incorporated. Every competition was single disposal and there was a one-month break between opening round, semi-finals and finals.
Amid the competition, the standards were somewhat not the same as those of a non-competition battle. Elbow strikes were illicit in the quarterfinal and elimination round competition sessions because of the high likelihood of a cut happening. Elbow strikes were lawful in the finals. The competition last was as yet three five-minute rounds, since it was anything but a title battle.
Bellator joined forces with Rizin Fighting Federation for the Rizin Fighting World Grand Priz occasion hung on December 29 and 31 2015, sharing King Mo Lawal for the Rizin FF Tournament. The former Pride FC Heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko headlined the NYE Rizin FF headliner.
Bellator does not run consistently booked competitions, be that as it may, they are dependably an alternative at Scott Coker’s tact.
Bellator cards have broadcast to a great extent on Viacom-claimed channels, initially MTV2, yet moving to Paramount Network (then known as Spike) in 2013 after the finish of the channel’s agreement with the UFC.
On June 26, 2018, Bellator declared a five-year spilling bargain with DAZN, covering the U.S. what’s more, different markets served by the games arranged spilling administration. Since Bellator 206, this incorporates all occasions disclosed by Paramount Network, just as seven selective cards for every year.
Bellator moved its home office from Chicago, Illinois, to Southern California in August 2012. Bellator is currently situated in Viacom’s Hollywood workplaces.
Rundown of Bellator MMA records
Record Fighter Number
Most Wins Patrício Freire 16
Most youthful Champion Joe Soto 22 Years
Most seasoned Champion Joe Warren 38 Years
Most Finishes Patrício Freire 10
Most Knockouts Patricky Freire 9
Most Submissions Michael Chandler
Neiman Gracie 6
Most Decision Wins Joe Warren 8
Most Bouts Michael Chandler 19
Most successes in title bouts Patrício Freire 6
Most title bouts Michael Chandler 9
Most back to back title defenses Ben Askren 4
Longest winning streak A.J. McKee 11
Quickest knockout Hector Lombard 0:06
Quickest submission Aaron Johnson 0:15