Bellator MMA and DAZN, the live-streaming service of Perform Group, parent company of Sporting News, announced a multiyear landmark distribution agreement Tuesday.
The nine-figure deal will feature seven exclusive stacked fight cards per year on DAZN and another 15 that are simulcast across Paramount Network and DAZN. All fights will stream in any country where DAZN is available. DAZN will launch in the U.S. and Italy in 2018, with the service already live in Canada, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Japan.
The deal begins Sept. 29 from SAP Center in San Jose. The card features a highly anticipated middleweight title fight pitting Gegard Mousasi (44-6-2) against Rory MacDonald (20-4), who is moving up a weight class for a title shot against the 185-pound champ, along with the fourth fight in the legendary rivalry between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (37-13) and Wanderlei Silva(35-13).
The full press conference of the announcement, plus comments from the fighters, can be viewed here:
.@BellatorMMA fighters @Rampage4real and @wandfc join Bellator president @ScottCoker and @Viacom chief financial officer Wade Davis in New York to announce a landmark distribution deal. Watch LIVE: https://t.co/p4x6oLDO86
— Sporting News (@sportingnews) June 26, 2018