CHICAGO – Leading mixed martial arts promotion BELLATOR MMA has landed a monumental, multi-year broadcast rights deal in Latin America with DIRECTV and its streaming platform DGO, which will bring the iconic combat sports league to fans in Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Perú.
DIRECTV is the top entertainment provider in Latin America, delivering the best experience and connectivity in the region. DGO is the company’s “direct to consumer” streaming platform, which combines the best of local and international live TV, OnDemand movies, series, documentaries, and of course, sports programming.
The rights deal commences with tonight’s (Friday, June 16) BELLATOR 297: Nemkov vs. Romero event, one of the most highly anticipated, blockbuster events of the year. The event takes place at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago, Ill. and is headlined by BELLATOR Light Heavyweight World Champion and No. 2-ranked pound-for-pound fighter Vadim Nemkov (16-2), defending the throne against No. 3-ranked ageless wonder Yoel Romero (15-6). An equally compelling co-main event will feature BELLATOR’s No. 1-ranked pound-for-pound fighter and current BELLATOR Featherweight World Champion, Patricio “Pitbull” (35-5), who looks to make MMA history by becoming a three-division champion as he moves down a weight class to challenge incumbent bantamweight kingpin and No. 8-ranked pound-for-pound athlete Sergio Pettis (22-5) in a BELLATOR “Super Fight” for the ages.
Fans that tune in on DIRECTV and DGO will get to keep up with all the BELLATOR action, starting with this week’s BELLATOR 297 event, but also including additional World Champions Ryan Bader, Johnny Eblen, Yaroslav Amosov, Usman Nurmagomedov, Patchy Mix, Cris “Cyborg” and Liz Carmouche.
BELLATOR President, Scott Coker said: “The global brand of BELLATOR has never been healthier, and our roster of fighters has never been stronger. Over the past few months, we’ve announced major new distribution deals in Japan, Brazil, the Nordics and the Netherlands, and I’m very pleased to be announcing this tremendous deal servicing several countries in Latin America.”
"DIRECTV will have the exclusive rights to broadcast Bellator MMA fights in Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Colombia, Peru, and Ecuador. This content strengthens the company's differential in sports programming in the region. More and more people choose us because we have the best content, which they can enjoy through a true multiplatform experience with DGO," said Hernán Bidegain, Director of Original Content and Programming at DSPORTS.
BELLATOR MMA is a leading global mixed martial arts organization featuring many of the best fighters in the world. Under the direction of veteran fight promoter Scott Coker, BELLATOR events take place in major cities worldwide and can be seen on television in over 160 countries to an available audience of over one billion people. In the United States, BELLATOR can be seen on SHOWTIME. BELLATOR 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 Hollywood, Calif. and owned by entertainment giant Paramount, home to the world's premier entertainment brands that connect with audiences through compelling content across television, motion picture, online and mobile platforms.
DIRECTV Latin America delivers the best connectivity, entertainment and information experience in the region. Subscribers enjoy 100% digital quality and sound, industry-leading customer service, technological superiority, the most distinctive high-definition content including original and exclusive series, complete coverage of the most important events, leagues and sports packages, and the possibility of enjoying the programming on different screens where and when the user prefers. For more information, visit www.directvla.com
DGO is the streaming platform for DIRECTV Latin America. Subscribers access the best of national and international programming live and on demand, to enjoy the content how and when they want on devices such as smartphones, tablets, laptops, computers or Smart TVs. The service includes access to live TV and on-demand content such as series, movies and documentaries.