Okko Sport to Become Exclusive Broadcast Partner of Bellator in Russia
By Press Release
Okko Sport will become the new exclusive broadcast partner of Bellator MMA in Russia beginning January 1, 2021. The exclusive three-year agreement will see Okko Sport air all Bellator live events, including preliminary bouts.
Okko Sport is currently the exclusive Russian broadcaster of the English Premier League, MLS and CONCACAF qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Bellator is owned by media giant, ViacomCBS, and hosts over 30 live events annually across the globe featuring the sport’s best fighters. Most recently, Russia’s Vadim Nemkov defeated former titleholder Ryan Bader to become the new Bellator Light Heavyweight World Champion last month at Bellator 244.
Mikhail Gershkovich, head of sports projects, Rambler Group: “We have just signed a deal to acquire exclusive broadcasting rights with Bellator, one of the key MMA promotions in the world. From January 1st, Okko Sport subscribers will have an opportunity to watch the fights of the legendary Fedor Emelianenko, the reigning light heavyweight champion Vadim Nemkov and other outstanding fighters. We will provide detailed information on how Bellator will be presented in the Okko Sport service closer to the start of our contract period at a separate press conference.”
Scott Coker, President, Bellator MMA:
“I am thrilled to announce our new exclusive broadcast partner in Russia on Okko Sport beginning in 2021. Russia has played an integral part in the history of combat sports throughout the years and has also proven to be a very important market for the international growth of Bellator. When you look at the where the sport is today, our roster is filled with notable Russian fighters, including legend Fedor Emelianenko, current light heavyweight champion Vadim Nemkov, former champ Vitaly Minakov and numerous young prospects. Partnering with a leading broadcaster in Okko Sport, which is also home to several other notable sports properties, allows us to showcase the elite competition that takes place inside the Bellator cage at every live event to our devoted Russian fanbase.”