Buenos Aires, September 24th, 2013 – FOX Sports Latin America and Bellator MMA announced today a monumental, multi-year partnership agreement that will make FOX Sports the exclusive carrier of Bellator throughout the entirety of Latin America.
Through this agreement, FOX Sports Latin America has acquired the exclusive rights to broadcast Bellator MMA content in all Latin American countries, including Brazil, with a total distribution of more than 50 million households. Beginning in October of 2013, FOX Sports will air Bellator content, including Bellator 360, a large collection of previous Bellator live events and other original content. Starting in 2015, fans of mixed martial arts will have access to more than 25 live Bellator events per year as well as in-territory live events on FOX Sports and the online authenticated platform FOXSportsPlay.com.
And, to kick off this tremendous new partnership, FOX Sports will broadcast Bellator’s highly anticipated November 2nd event as MMA icon’s “Rampage” Jackson and Tito Ortiz meet inside the Bellator cage from Long Beach, California, along with a Lightweight Title fight between two of the world’s best in Michael Chandler and Eddie Alvarez.
“FOX Sports Latin America has been looking for the premier mixed martial arts organization to partner with, and Bellator is the perfect fit. We are thrilled to make Bellator the widest distributed MMA promotion in Latin America and Brazil, reaching more than 50 million homes from day one” said Carlos Martinez, President of FOX International Channels Latin America. “We are also very excited to be able to work as partners with Bellator to produce large scale Bellator events throughout Latin America and to produce reality shows in key territories. This partnership is a long term relationship that has virtually unlimited potential.” added Martinez
“We’ve now taken a monumental next step forward in the evolution of the global brand that is Bellator,” said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. “To have partnered with FOX Sports, Latin America’s largest and most powerful sports network is the perfect fit for Bellator in this incredibly vital region. This is just the beginning of what Bellator and FOX Sports International will build into the largest worldwide alliance in combat sports history. The possibilities that surround this alliance are nearly endless, including live events in key Latin American markets and the distribution of unique Bellator content exclusively for FOX Sports.”
“With this new deal, FOX Sports will be offering fans the most exciting Mixed Martial Arts fights in the world, adding great live combat content to our already prestigious lineup of the best live sporting events in the world” said Francisco Pazmiño, SVP Programming and Acquisitions, FOX Sports Latin America.
About FOX Sports Latin America
FOX Sports is the leading sports cable television network in Latin America. The 24/7 network reaches more than 50 million homes in 19 countries in Latin America. Focusing on sports-related programming including live events, sports news, sports talk shows and other original contents, Copa Bridgestone Libertadores, UEFA Champions League and Formula One are some of the network’s highlights. FOX Sports is owned by FOX International Channels (FIC) a 21st Century FOX (NASDAQ: FOX; ASX: FOX) company. For more information, please visit: www.FOXsportsla.com
About Bellator MMA
Bellator MMA is the world’s largest tournament based Mixed Martial Arts organization. Televised to nearly 500 Million homes worldwide in over 135 countries, Bellator’s majority owner is entertainment giant Viacom. In the United States, Bellator can be seen on Spike TV, the MMA television leader. With over 150 world-class athletes under contract, Bellator is home to many of the sport’s top mixed martial artists. Bellator’s founder & CEO, Bjorn Rebney, is an experienced fighting sports and entertainment executive with a deep commitment to the purity and integrity of the sport of MMA and its athletes. Bellator’s core philosophy is that title shots should be earned, not given. This belief gave rise to Bellator’s real sport, tournament-based format, which gives Bellator’s tournaments a true playoff feel that keeps the sport true and distances itself from the subjective side of fighting sports found in organizations that utilize a matchmaking/casting formula. Bellator MMA is comprised of an executive team that includes top industry professionals in television production, live event orchestration, fighter development/relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations. Bellator is based in Newport Beach, California. For more information, visit Bellator.com, follow Bellator on Twitter @BellatorMMA, follow Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney @BjornRebney and check out Bellator on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BellatorMMA