Bellator 192 takes place with this weekend but it appears that Irish and UK fans looking to watch the event are going to be left out in the cold for the forseeable future.
Speaking at the Bellator 192 press conference on Thursday night, Paramount Network’s Jon Slusser was questioned by MMA journalist Gareth A. Davies regarding a TV deal for British and Irish viewers.
Unfortunately there doesn’t appear to be a deal in place anytime soon.
Slusser: “Currently the fights are tape delayed. They’re not live in the UK. The timezone just doesn’t fit right now. The sun revolves around the earth differently and it’s certainly not feasible right now but we’re looking to do a deal to broadcast live fights.
It appears that many fans who were wishing to watch future Bellator events will be unable to do so and there are certain criticisms in Slusser’s argument towards live events in the UK and Ireland.
BT Sport broadcast multiple UFC events until the small hours of the morning and cater for a large audience on an almost weekly basis behind a paid subscription service. It seems bizarre that Viacom, a huge company in the television world, own Channel 5 in the UK that fights would not be broadcast live as it is highly unlikely to be clashing with programming at that hour.
The news will come as a disappointing blow especially given the fact that Bellator have previously hosted events in the UK and Ireland and are continuing to do more this year according to Bellator President, Scott Coker.
Channel 5 are yet to offer details on when a replay of the event may be shown to viewers.