Since Scott Coker took over as president of the promoter, Bellator has stopped with the tournament format and now follows a more traditional MMA format with multiple 1 vs 1 fights placed on multiple cards throughout the year. Bellator switched their cage from a more traditional octagon, to a less defined one.
The cage still has eight different angles, making it an octagon, but it looks more circular than its predecessor.
In December , Viacom acquired a majority stake of Bellator and in January , all Bellator events began airing on Spike.
Bellator produced nearly 25 live events annually until , as well as shoulder programming including fighter features, highlight shows and reality-based programming. In May , Bellator hosted the company's inaugural pay-per-view event from the Landers Center.
Blagoi Ivanov and a feature fight between Ricky Rainey vs. Michael Page. Company timeline[ edit ] Sept. May Toby Imada pulls off incredible inverted triangle submission choke over Jorge Masvidal , creating a viral sensation on YouTube collecting over 1.
Alvarez II delivers 1. May Promotion held its first international event in Rama, Canada. May Bellator's inaugural pay-per-view from the Landers Center at Bellator Tournament format[ edit ] In the past, Bellator has sporadically featured tournaments, unlike several other MMA promoters.
However, in , Bellator President Scott Coker made the decision to drop the 8-man tournament format in favor of smaller tournaments.
Each tournament began with the opening round featuring eight fighters in that respective weight class, moved onto the semi-finals and then the finals.
For four-man tournaments, only the semi-finals and finals were included.
Each tournament was single elimination and there was a one-month break between opening round, semi-finals and finals. During the tournament, the rules were slightly different from those of a non-tournament fight. Elbow strikes were illegal in the quarterfinal and semifinal tournament bouts due to the high probability of a cut occurring.
Elbow strikes were legal in the finals. The tournament final was still three five-minute rounds, since it was not a title fight. Broadcast partners[ edit ] Bellator cards have aired largely on Viacom-owned channels, initially MTV2 , but moving to Paramount Network then known as Spike in following the end of the channel's contract with the UFC.
Since Bellator , this includes all events aired by Paramount Network, as well as seven exclusive cards per-year.