Bellator Inks Deal with UK’s Channel 5, European Series to Air Live

Bellator's Patricky Pitbull
Patricky Pitbull Credit: Dave Mandel/

Bellator MMA has inked a deal with U.K.’s Channel 5 to air events from their European fight series live.

Bellator shows, some of them at least, will finally air live in the U.K. On Wednesday, the promotion announced via press release that it had inked an exclusive deal with Channel 5 in the U.K. That means that select Bellator shows — part of their European fight series — will air live in the territory. A minimum of six events are covered by the agreement, starting with Bellator: Newcastle later this weekend.

In Wednesday’s press release, Paul Dunthorne, COO, EVP, UK, Northern & Eastern Europe, Channel 5 Viacom International Media Networks was quoted as saying that “Mixed Martial Arts is one of the fastest growing sports in the world and Bellator are leading the way in the UK with their European Fight Series in 2019.”

“We are partnering with an exciting brand and it is great news for our viewers who will be able to watch some of the biggest names in the sport compete live on free to air TV. Bellator brings the very best fight cards to Europe and we are excited to be able to bring our viewers closer to all of the drama and excitement that we know it will deliver.”

Bellator Newcastle: Pitbull vs. Scope will air live on Channel 5 at 10PM GMT on Saturday, February 9.

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Jay Anderson
Editor at Cageside Press, Jay has been covering the sport of mixed martial arts for several years. His work has appeared on The MMA Corner, What Culture, Cage Pages, MMA News, Today's Knockout, and Fox Sports (via Fansided). Jay holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Guelph, and a Certificate in Leadership Skills from Humber College. When not slaving at the keyboard, he can be found in the company of his dog, a good book, or getting lost in the woods.

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