Bellator back with Showtime officially.

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  1. trentkelp Purple Belt

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    https://www.mmamania.com/2020/1/16/...shook-conor-mcgregor-now-running-bellator-mma

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    "At the same time, Bellator MMA, the ViacomCBS-owned company that produces MMA events and manages a roster of fighters, will be now report into Showtime Sports president Stephen Espinoza."



    "Scott Coker will continue as president of Bellator MMA."



    "Based in Hollywood, Bellator MMA has long been an island within Viacom. The move to Showtime Sports is designed to help integrate Bellator more fully into ViacomCBS’ content strategies."
     
  2. trentkelp Purple Belt

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    "Lucy....you have some explaining to do!"
     
  3. Steve-French What A Rush!!!

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    Bellator was never on Showtime. I think you mean Coker is back with Showtime as he was with them when he ran Strikeforce. Bellator actually started out on ESPN Deportes, then got picked by MTV2 when it started getting broadcast in English. Ever since Viacom purchased the promotion they have been on Spike TV/Paramount Channel.
     
  4. Doctor Grudge Green Belt

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    Man I remember those ESPN Deportes commercials. Bellator is so different now.
     
  5. vladimirvlad MMA is my life

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    I wonder if Bellator has ever really been on Showtime.
     
  6. strebitel86 Banned Banned

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    Get rid of Coker
     
  7. asdf122345 Red Belt

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    Hopefully they get Jimmy Lennon Jr to announce bellator. It would be like Strikeforce 2.0 again.
     
  8. qw3rty PM me for free filler-room uppercuts

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    I wish they made weekly cards again.
    It's not like the cards are more stacked because events are monthly now.

    In fact, besides the tentpoles (I know they don't name it that way anymore but for reference) cards are more watered down now than in Bjorn's era (at worst, at the same level).
     
  9. Wrestler160 Purple Belt

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    I will add that Bellator was on Fox Sports Regional networks before they went onto MTV2.
     
  10. cheesus Gold Belt

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    They should make Tyrone Fortune president so he can rightfully claim himself as the GOAT !
     
  11. DrGlaze Dank Belt

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    Those were the good ole days. ;)
     
  12. InfinityLens Black Belt

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    Soooooo, is this good?
     
  13. Baba Ghanoush Black Belt

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    I'm surprised this move wasn't made a lot sooner. Viacom didn't do itself any favors leaving bellator to rot on paramount.
     
  14. InfinityLens Black Belt

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    So do you think this means Bellator will get more support from Viacom?
     
  15. This is the beginning of the end. Only this time the ufc won't buy out this promotion because it's shit, and instead will opt to have their pick of the litter after bellator collapses
     
  16. Go Go Plata Black Belt

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    From the little information released, my take from this is that it's too early to tell if Bellator is saved or doomed.
     
  17. Baba Ghanoush Black Belt

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    Not necessarily, but at the very least combat sports is a lot more associated with Showtime than it is with the Paramount Network.
     
  18. Danespina Gold Belt

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    Tomorrows card should get good ratings (unless it's on DAZN).
     
  19. msm1981 Green Belt

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    It is on DAZN so expect low viewer numbers.
     
  20. Mob69 Black Belt

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    Don’t give a shit about Bellator besides the occasional intriguing fight. Really tried to like the product for years on end but the commentary is so bad that I have to press mute. Coker has been at it for half a decade now and his ability to develop genuine top level fighters has been unimpressive relative to his achievements in Strikeforce.
     

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