Bellator MMA™ is a leading Mixed Martial Arts organization featuring many of the best fighters in the world. Under the direction of veteran fight promoter Scott Coker, Bellator is available to nearly 500 million homes worldwide in over 140 countries. In the United States, Bellator can be seen on Spike, the MMA television leader.
Bellator is comprised of an executive team that includes top industry professionals in television production, live event orchestration, fighter development/relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations. Bellator is based in Santa Monica, California and owned by entertainment giant Viacom, home to the world's premier entertainment brands that connect with audiences through compelling content across television, motion picture, online and mobile platforms.
Bellator airs live on Spike and made its Spike debut on in January of 2013. Bellator has continued to reach over 100 million homes on a weekly basis since airing on Spike. Additional exclusive Bellator content, Bellator shoulder programming, highlights and reality based series airs on Spike and Bellator.com.
In May 2014, Bellator hosted the company's inaugural pay-per-view event from the Landers Center. The event featured a Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament Final fight between Rampage Jackson and King Mo, Michael Chandler vs. Will Brooks for the Lightweight Interim World Title, and a Light Heavyweight affair between Alexander Shlemenko and MMA icon Tito Ortiz.
The word "Bellator" means "warrior" in Latin.
Bellator MMA follows the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts, which were first established in April of 2000. The Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts have been adopted by every state athletic commission that holds mixed martial arts events throughout the United States.
Under the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts there are no groin strikes, eye gouging, kicking or kneeing a grounded opponent, downward elbows, strikes to the back of the head, head butting, biting, or grabbing the fence. Upon a violation of the rules, referee can either warn the fighter, take a point away, or disqualify the fighter depending upon the regularity and severity of the foul.
All non-world championship fights in Bellator consist of 3 five-minute rounds, with one-minute rest periods between rounds. All world championship fights in Bellator consist of 5 five-minute rounds, with one-minute rest periods between rounds.
Bellator follows the 10 Point Must System, which has been adopted by the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts. Under this system, the fighter who wins the round is given 10 points, with the losing fighter given 9 points or less. If a judge scores the round even, then the score for that round is 10-10.
In non-championship fights, a 1 pound weight allowance is allowed. In championship fights, the participants must weigh no more than that permitted for the relevant weight division. The Commission may also approve catch weight bouts, subject to their review and discretion.