Bellator 255 to air across multiple streaming platforms and TV providers

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On Friday, Bellator makes its triumphant return. Bellator 255 will air live across multiple streaming platforms and television providers.

Bellator 255 to air on streaming services and TV

The Bellator 255 main card, in addition to airing live on SHOWTIME for subscribers, will be available for free to millions across the United States on industry-leading streaming services Pluto TV, Hulu, YouTube and FuboTV, in addition to participating television providers Armstrong, Buckeye, Liberty, Optimum and Suddenlink without the need for a SHOWTIME subscription.

The main event at Bellator 255 features a semi-final battle in the Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix, as reigning lightweight and featherweight champion Patricio “Pitbull” Freire (31-4) defends his 145-pound title against Emmanuel Sanchez (20-4).

The full Bellator 255, 13-fight event, including eight preliminary fights, will live stream on the SHOWTIME Sports and the Bellator MMA YouTube channels, in addition to SHOWTIME’s official website ( The full event, which begins at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT, also will stream live on the SHOWTIME Selects and Bellator MMA channels on Pluto TV.

“We are proud to be the new home of Bellator and delighted to share this debut event with millions of non-subscribers,” said Stephen Espinoza, President, SHOWTIME Sports and Event Programming. “Bellator has steadily built the strongest roster in its history and now includes some of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the sport. On Friday night, we will introduce new fans to this premier brand of mixed martial arts and invite them to our network, which along with world-class championship boxing now boasts more than 40 live combat sports events per year. SHOWTIME Sports premium fight coverage and signature storytelling sets the standard in combat sports and, coupled with our leading entertainment content, the value of the SHOWTIME subscription is now unrivaled for combat sports fans.”

As part of the launch of Bellator MMA on SHOWTIME, the network is offering viewers who are new to the SHOWTIME streaming service a 30-day free trial, followed by a discounted monthly subscription fee of $4.99/month for the next six months. Viewers can sign up at Subscribers will be delivered two premier BELLATOR MMA events per month throughout 2021 and beyond, with all events scheduled to air live at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT anywhere the SHOWTIME service is available. 


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Jeremy Brand is an experienced MMA writer and columnist. He is the founder of, and has represented the company with media credentials at many mixed martial arts fights. Jeremy is also a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, training in BC, Canada.

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