R2 Network to Air Bellator Events in Russia


Bellator is extending its reaches all over Europe and Asia as it airs in over 80 countries all over the world. Bellator Fighting Championships has expanded its reach once more as it partnered with Russian broadcasting network Russia 2 or R2. This will be the largest MMA broadcast alliance in all history of MMA in Russia.

Beginning September 28, the Bellator Fighting Championships telecasts will be aired exclusively on Russia 2 all over the country. It is expected that over 83 million Russian MMA fans are looking forward to this largest MMA promotion in the entire planet.

Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney has commented: “Over the last year, as the Bellator brand gas experienced enormous growth and out talent team has signed the greatest Russian Mixed Martial Artists in the world., the timing was perfect to align Bellator with Russia’s leading sports network.” He added: “R2 carries the world’s great4est sports to Russian viewers. So aligning Bellator with this industry giant is another very exciting step forward in the evolution of the Bellator brand worldwide.”

Russia 2 has its headquarters in Moscow, Russia and has over 83 million audiences all over the country. It has been the network that has brought the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, UEFA Champions League Soccer, Formula One Class racing, EPL and KHL Hockey. Bellator Fighting Championships will join the network’s top class sports programming and will air on R2’s new Fight Club Channel. This will guarantee Russian subscribers the best in combat sports that MMA can offer anywhere.

Gregory Kovbasyuk, Executive Producer of R2 said: “Bellator is the world’s leading tournament based MMA organization, featuring the greatest Russian MMA fighters.” He added: “R2 lead the way in Russian sports broadcasts with the Olympic games, World and European Championships, Formula 1 Racing and many other top sports. We are very excited to have partnered with Bellator to bring MMA’s most exciting competition to over 83 million Russian sports fans.”

One of the most famous Russian MMA fighters is Alexander “Storm” Shlemenko. He is known for his dangerous strikes and an impressive fight card; he leads the list of Russian borne fighters that are under Bellator. Other famous Russian fighters are Andrey Koreshkov, Vitaly Minakov, Vyacheslav Vasilevsky and undefeated Alexander Sarnavsky; these fighters are what fans are looking forward to watching inside the ring this 2012 and on 2013.