DSport, the premium sports TV channel from the Discovery Communications India,has acquired the rights from Electus International to air the popular mixed martial arts franchise, Bellator MMA, in India, starting January 2018.
Owned and operated by Viacom, Bellator MMA is available to nearly 1 billion people in over 160 countries featuring many of the world’s best and most recognisable combat sports stars.Bellator is a leading mixed martial arts and kickboxing organisation featuring many of the best fighters in the world.
With MMA’s growing popularity in the region, DSport will be the exclusive new home to Bellator starting January 2018. Subscribers in the Indian subcontinent can soon enjoy exclusive linear broadcast transmission of Bellator’s world championship events from venues around the world.
The first fight card of 2018 season, “Bellator 192: Lima Vs MacDonald” from The Forum in Los Angeles, features an action-packed line-up showcasing the biggest names in the sport. The highly-anticipated event includes a world welterweight title bout between Rory MacDonald and Douglas Lima and the first round of the Heavyweight Grand Prix between two MMA icons, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Chael Sonnen. Along with major Live events, Bellator fans can also look forward to “best of” specials highlighting the most exciting scenes and iconic moments from the Bellator franchise to date.
In 2018, Bellator MMA will present 24 live, exclusive, prime time combat sports events from venues in the US and across the globe. Sixteen of the fights will be in the US, and eight will be international, with more events to be scheduled.
The acquisition firmly establishes DSport as the home of combat sports in India with broadcast rights of a top property like Bellator MMA now under its fold. Overall, DSport now has rights to broadcast more than 250 hours of fresh Combat sports programming over the next 12 months.