Want to learn how to watch Bellator MMA events live and on demand in New Zealand? You’ve come to the right place. We’ll show you the official broadcasters and how to watch this up and coming MMA outfit that could rival UFC one day.
What is Bellator MMA?
Bellator MMA is mixed martial arts promotion based in America, in Santa Monica, California. It is one of the biggest promotions of its kind in the world and is home to many of the most elite combat athletes. A relatively young promotion, Bellator MMA hosted its first event in 2009, and as of June 2019, has organized 222 “numbered” events.
Previously the company went by Bellator Fighting Championships, the word “Bellator” being Latin for warrior.
Bellator is owned by Viacom, who have broadcasting rights to its events, and featured them on MTV2 and Paramount Network.
The events are also streamed on DAZN, as a result of a 5-year deal made in 2018. Bellator normally draws in a lot of viewers, with Bellator 214 in January 2019 attracting a record 697,000 average viewer count.
How It Works?
Bellator MMA used to feature 8-man tournaments between fighters but dropped them in 2015 in favour of small tournaments, however, the fights on display are primarily non-tournament. Non world-championship fights consist of 3 rounds of 5 minutes, with one minute of rest between round, whereas the world championship fights take place over 5 rounds.
Like other MMA events, competitors are divided into weight classes, ranging from the lowest (Bantamweight, max 61.2kg) to the highest (Heavyweight, max 120.2kg) with 5 other weight classes in-between. Winners of fights can be determined by submissions, knockouts, technical knockouts or a judge’s decision.
Submissions occur when a fighter verbally or physically motions that they no longer wish to continue, knockouts when a fighter is placed into a state of unconsciousness or technical knockouts, when the referee makes a decision that the fight is no longer to continue.
If none of these occur by the end of a fight, it is up to a panel of three judges, who give the fighter they believe won 10 points, and the loser 9 points or less.
Bellator MMA Rules
Bellator, like the majority of top-tier MMA organisations, follows the rules set out by the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts.
These rules outline a series of illegal moves, such as groin strikes, eye gouging, kicking/kneeing an opponent on the ground, downward elbows, strikes to the back of the head, head butting, biting, or grabbing the fence.
If a fighter performs one of these actions and thus violates the rules, the consequences are at the discretion of the referee, who can either issue a verbal warning, take a point away, or in severe cases and depending on the regularity, disqualify the fighter entirely.
The most successful fighter in Bellator MMA is Patrício Freire, who has won 17 fights. He is the Bellator Lightweight World Champion and also the current Featherweight World Champion.
He achieved the former in May 2019 after a fight against Michael Chandler at the Bellator 221, immediately after a signing a new deal with Bellator, and won the fight via technical knockout in the first round.
He is scheduled to fight Juan Archuleta in September 2019 at the Bellator 227 to defend his Featherweight Championship.
Watch Bellator MMA NZ
Date: Year Round
NZ Broadcaster: Maybe on Sky
UK: Sky Sports UK
Russia: MatchTV.ru (Free Legal Streams)
Best Option: MatchTV.ru
You can watch Bellator for free on MatchTV (see proof it’s legal) however you need a Russian IP. To bypass the geo-restriction you can use a VPN software from PureVPN which is the most affordable and reliable provider from our extensive testing.
PureVPN is available for $2.88 per month, and allows you to watch TV from foreign countries all over the world legally including Match TV.
How To Use PureVPN with MatchTV.ru?
To get started you need to visit PureVPN and use our exclusive discount which gives you the best price on their services.
You can pay with credit/debit card as well as Paypal, Alipay, PaymentWall and Bluesnap which offer a range of features depending on your country of payment method.
Once you’ve paid, you’ll receive an email with your login details. Make a note of these and then proceed to choose the device type you wish to install their application on.
If you were planning to use your laptop to watch MatchTV then download the app for your device, Windows or Mac.
You can use PureVPN’s extensive app coverage which includes Chromecast, Smart TV’s, Roku, Android TV boxes, Amazon Fire TV, Linux or router level vpn.
Once installed, login to your account and choose a ‘Russian based server.’
Now visit the MatchTV or website, create an account and start streaming Bellator events.