OSN to broadcast Bellator MMA tournament

Rebecca Hawkes | 25-02-2014

Middle East pay-TV operator OSN has signed a multi-year deal to bring the Bellator mixed martial arts (MMA) tournament to Arab audiences.

Coverage begins on 1 March 2014 of the single-elimination format that awards the winner of each tournament a guaranteed world title fight against the current Bellator World Champion in the applicable weight class. OSN will broadcast 25 live events in 2014 exclusively across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

"We are very excited about this partnership and look forward to growing Bellator in our region," said Andy Warkman, VP sports & production, OSN. "We have exciting plans for Bellator and MMA fans can look forward to exclusive content, local events and activations coming soon."

Fighters are featured from around the world, including Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, UK, France, Russia and Africa, in the combat sport tournament which is televised in over 107 countries.