ASIA – Paramount Channel has announced that it will be the exclusive new home to popular mixed martial arts franchise, Bellator. Bellator’s upcoming world championship events from venues around the world will be aired on Paramount Channel, starting off with the live telecast of the World Welterweight Champion title fight to kick-off the 2018 season, “Bellator 192” on 21 January. 2018.
MTV Asia and MTVph will also get a piece of the action with the launch of a new Paramount-branded block, “MTV Presents: Bellator on Paramount”, which will showcase selected Bellator content, and cater to more MMA fans in the region.
“Bellator 192” from The Forum in Los Angeles is the title bout between Rory MacDonald and Douglas Lima. The event will also include the first round of the Heavyweight Grand Prix between two MMA icons, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Chael Sonnen.
This will air live on Paramount Channel on 21 January, Sunday at 9am (TH) and 10am (MY), with a same day repeat telecast at 9pm (TH) and 10pm (MY). “MTV Presents: Bellator on Paramount Channel” will start on 26 January, Friday at 10.20pm (WIB), 11.20pm (SG, PH) and 12.20am (MY – 27 January, Saturday), and will run weekly at the same timing.
The inclusion of Bellator makes Paramount Channel a premium entertainment destination with great movies from Paramount studios as well as fight sports entertainment in its programming lineup. In 2018, Bellator MMA will present prime time combat sports events from venues in the US and across the globe. Besides live fights, viewers can look forward to “best-of” specials highlighting the most exciting scenes and iconic moments from the Bellator franchise to date. This content will be part of the ‘Action Wednesdays’ timebelt where Paramount Channel will combine the best of its reel life with action-packed movies, as well as real life with Bellator combat-sports competitions.
From iconic box-office hits to heart-pumping tournaments, Paramount Channel integrates creative curation and thematic programming to provide a unique and entertaining viewing experience for audiences of all ages.