FreemantleMedia Enterprises has announced a global rights deal with Bellator Fighting Championships
, and will represent the fight promotion's international distribution rights, as well as licensing, digital and ancillary rights worldwide.
"The incredible athleticism and intensity exhibited in all of our mixed martial arts tournaments translate into any language," said Bjorn Rebney, Chairman, CEO and Founder of Bellator. "With FME as our partner, we will have the ability to showcase our high-intensity brand of fighting to millions around the globe."
The Global CEO of FreemantleMedia Enterprises
, David Ellender, commented "This deal further diversifies FME's third party slate and builds on our reputation as experts at identifying and exploiting the potential of emerging brands. The sport of mixed martial arts is gaining momentum with fans worldwide, and we can see huge potential for the Bellator brand across all platforms, both in the US and internationally."
Bellator Fighting Chmapionships feature world-class mixed martial arts in eight-man tournaments featuring champions such as Eddie Alvarez, Ben Askren, Cole Konrad and Zoila Gurgel. The fifth season airs Saturdays on MTV2
and in HD on EPIX2
. Preliminary bouts are streamed live worldwide at Spike.com