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Video: Watch Bellator’s inaugural event with Jorge Masvidal, Eddie Alvarez

Last weekend marked the 12th anniversary of Bellator’s first-ever event and the promotion celebrated by releasing the entire show to YouTube.

Bellator 1 took place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, and was the start of not only the promotion itself, but also a pair of tournaments featuring several notable names that went even further. far in the future.

Watch a free replay of the event above.

The main event featured future ‘BMF’ champion Jorge Masvidal, while the co-main event saw future UFC champion Eddie Alvarez start what would be a memorable Bellator run that saw him become the first promotion lightweight champion. They weren’t the only ones to stand out on the map, however.

Joe Soto became Bellator’s first featherweight champion and went on to challenge TJ Dillashaw for the UFC bantamweight title after stepping in as a last-second substitute. Luis Palomino has become one half of an exciting rivalry with Justin Gaethje in the World Series of Fighting promotion. Jonathan Brookins went on to win Season 12 of The ultimate fighter.

Next on the Bellator schedule, Bellator 277 will take place on April 15 at the SAP Center in San Jose, CA. The fight is headlined by a featherweight title rematch between champion AJ McKee and Patricio Pitbull, while the co-main event sees Vadim Nemkov defend his title against Corey Anderson in the final of the Bellator Light Heavyweight World Grand Prix.