Bellator reaches multi-year, multi-platform rights agreement with ESPN Deportes

Bellator is returning to ESPN Deportes as the promotion has reached an exclusive multi-year, multi-platform rights agreement with the cable network to be the exclusive Spanish-language home for Bellator in the United States.

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The rights agreement was announced by Bellator in a press release on Monday and the agreement starts with Saturday’s Bellator 142: Dynamite 1.

ESPN will be streaming preliminary card fights in Spanish starting at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN3 and ESPNDeportes+. As part of the deal, archival fights will also be made available to ESPN Deportes.

“ESPN Deportes has a long history of carrying premier sporting events, relevant to our Hispanic sports fans,” said Lino Garcia, general manager of ESPN Deportes. “We recognized the changes and growth of Bellator over the past year and, we are thrilled to see the world-class mixed martial arts organization return to its original television home.”

ESPN Deportes’ complete coverage will be led by Bellator announcers George X and Manny Rodríguez. George and Manny will be calling all the action available across ESPN Deportes TV, ESPN Deportes+ and WatchESPN.

“We are thrilled to deepen our connection with our growing Hispanic audience with this strategic partnership with ESPN Deportes,” Bellator President Scott Coker said.