Leading global mixed martial arts promotion Bellator MMA and Virgin Media Television, have today announced that they will broadcast Bellator London, which is part of the Bellator MMA European Fight Series, live from The SSE Arena, Wembley this Saturday, June 22nd.
MMA and sports fans in Ireland will be able to watch Bellator London live on Virgin Media Sport live between 10 p.m.-12 a.m.
Bellator London will be the first event to be broadcast under this agreement.
Headlining the event is a title fight between MMA legend and current Bellator middleweight champ Gegard Mousasi (45-6-2) and undefeated Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace Rafael Lovato Jr. (9-0), in what promises to be an unmissable night of MMA action.
Bellator London is the third instalment of the Bellator MMA European Fight Series, which has seen the global MMA promotion already host live events in Newcastle and Birmingham, with plans to host a further three events in the UK and Ireland before the end of 2019.
Kieran Holden, Head of Sport at Virgin Media Television, said, “We are excited to enter into a partnership with Bellator MMA to bring live coverage of Bellator London.”
Interest in Bellator MMA in Ireland continues to grow at a rapid pace, in particular off the back of the successful Bellator Dublin: Gallagher vs Graham event, which took place in front of a sell-out crowd at the 3Arena in February of this year. Coupled with the emergence of Irish superstar and Bellator bantamweight James Gallagher, who has grown to become one of the biggest names in the sport and a host of other exciting Irish athletes who is currently signed to Bellator, the MMA scene in Ireland is thriving once again.
Head of Bellator Europe David Green said: “We are absolutely delighted to be partnering with Virgin Media Television to bring the upcoming Bellator London event to fight fans in Ireland on such a trusted and reliable platform.
“With such an exciting group of Irish fighters on the Bellator roster at moment, many of which are competing on the card in London, it was only right that we gave our Irish MMA fans the opportunity to watch the event live.”
He added: “Bellator London is arguably one of the most exciting and most anticipated MMA events ever to be held in the UK. It promises to be unmissable, and highly charged night of action with exciting fights from start to finish. I’m delighted that the Irish fans will be able to enjoy the action with us on fight night live from the comfort of their own living rooms.”
The agreement will see Virgin Media Television have the rights to broadcast future Bellator MMA European Fight Series events in Ireland, with further details expected to be announced in due course.