BBC signs live MMA deal with Bellator
October 8, 2020
By Nik Roseveare
Mixed martial arts (MMA) will be broadcast live on the BBC for the very first time on October 10th. Coverage of Bellator Paris will be available on BBC iPlayer from 16:30 BST.
Under the terms of the deal, the BBC will live stream ten fights from the event which takes place at the Accor Arena under the supervision of the French Boxing Federation and will be the first ever top tier MMA fight card to be held in France. A limited number of fans will also be in attendance.
A feature match will be a welterweight bout between Michael ‘Venom’ Page (pictured) and former Cage Warriors Welterweight Champion Ross Houston.
David Green, head of Bellator Europe, commented: “The BBC is unparalleled in its reach with millions of people tuning in to its sports content every week. We therefore look forward to servicing our existing fans better than ever before as well as hoping to attracting new fans who will be able to tune in to this historic event. The card is stacked from top to bottom so those watching are in for a real treat come Saturday night.”