Looks like Bellator MMA is coming to the London.
Bellator announced via a press release on Tuesday morning it will host three international events in 2016. The organisation has only held events in North America, staging events in the United States and Canada. The Sports Business Journal was the first to report the story.
The three places targeted for a show are London, England; Tel Aviv, Israel; and Italy. The London show will air on Channel 5, which, like Bellator, is a Viacom property. Spike U.K. will also show the prelims for the London show live. That card is set to be held at the O2 Arena.
Bellator President Scott Coker said “We are thrilled to bring the incredible excitement of hard-hitting Bellator action featuring some of the best athletes in the world to our new global partners in the UK, Israel, and Italy. The London event is especially encouraging as we will broadcast the main card in the UK on one of the country’s most-distributed broadcast channels, Channel 5.”
With a wide variety of UK talent already under the Bellator MMA roster from Light Heavyweight champion Liam McGeary and superstar Michael ‘Venom’ Page to James Thompson, Linton Vassell and Paul Daley, Bellator are more than likely looking to display more UK talent when they make their first foray into the UK market.Check out our latest podcast episode featuring Desmond Green & Matteo Urella.