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Bellator Partners With CBS Sports Network, Announces Cris Cyborg Title Defense at Bellator 249

September 12, 2020 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Bellator MMA has a new home starting next month at CBS Sports Network, which will kick off at Bellator 247. Bellator announced on Friday (per CBS Sports that they are partnering with the network starting with the October 1st show, which will feature a main event of Paul Daley and Derek Anderson. All prelim fights for Bellator events will be on CBSSports.com starting with Bellator 247.

The move puts Bellator at a new home after it has aired on Paramount Network since 2013 when it was Spike TV. It has also been available via DAZN since 2018.

“One of the things that is really exciting for me is that, now, domestic and international events will air on CBS Sports Network, and it will be live,” said Bellator head Scott Coker. “So you’ll see times from Europe and you’ll see times from the United States where it will air live, unlike before when we had to wait on the west coast for the programming. This is something our fans have been looking forward to for a long time and finally we’re able to deliver it.

“We’re excited to have CBS Sports Network serve as the new home of live Bellator MMA events. It’s a great opportunity to showcase some of the best events and biggest names in the sport,” said CBS Sports Executive Vice President of Programming Dan Weinberg. “Adding Bellator MMA to the CBS Sports portfolio will allow for greater promotion, engagement and exposure across all our platforms and assets including CBS Sports Network, CBSSports.com, CBS Sports HQ as well as our various social accounts.”

In addition, Coker confirmed that Cris Cyborg will defend her women’s featherweight title against Arlene Blencowe at Bellator 249 on October 15th. A third Bellator event will take place on October 29th, meain evented by Douglas Lima vs. Gegard Mousasi for the vacant middleweight championship.