The first Bellator MMA event on Showtime takes place this Friday, but if you’re worried about missing out on an opportunity because you don’t have a Showtime membership, don’t worry!
On Wednesday, the promotion announced that Bellator 255, headlined by Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire vs. Emmanuel Sanchez, will be available for free on a variety of platforms, including his Showtime and Bellator YouTube channels.
Extract from the press release:
The main card, in addition to being broadcast live on SHOWTIME for subscribers, will be available for free to millions of people across the United States on cutting-edge streaming services Pluto TV, Hulu, YouTube and FuboTV, in addition from participating television providers Armstrong, Buckeye, Liberty, Optimum and Suddenlink without a SHOWTIME subscription. The main card of BELLATOR MMA 255: Pitbull vs. Sanchez 2 features five high-stakes games and is headlining the next round of the World Featherweight Grand Prix tournament, as the reigning lightweight and featherweight champion of BELLATOR Patricio “Pitbull” Freire (31-4) defends his title of 145 pounds against Emmanuel Sanchez (20-4) in a semi-final bout.
The full 13-fight event, including eight preliminary fights, will be broadcast live on the SHOWTIME Sports and BELLATOR MMA YouTube channels, in addition to the official SHOWTIME website (www.sho.com). The full event, which begins at 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT, will also be broadcast live on SHOWTIME Selects and BELLATOR MMA on Pluto TV.
New subscribers can also sign up for a 30-day free trial for Showtime and pay just $ 4.99 / month for six months after that free trial expires.
Bellator moved from Paramount Network (formerly Spike TV) to CBS Sports Network late last year before moving to Showtime, where Scott Coker has deep roots dating back to Strikeforce. Over the next few weeks, the promotion will have events at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut, including the start of the light heavyweight tournament quarterfinals, with Yoel Romero v Anthony Johnson starring on May 7.
As for this weekend, the winner of Pitbull vs Sanchez will face the winner of AJ McKee in the final of the World Grand Prix tournament.
You can watch Bellator 255 on Bloody Elbow in addition to our Friday April 2 coverage. Main card action begins at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT, with prelims at 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT.