Bellator MMA is able to get again to enterprise.
The ViacomCBS-owned promotion is focusing on July 24 for its first present because the coronavirus pandemic pressured it to cancel a number of playing cards between March and June. The summer time occasion is predicted to kick off a three-month residency on the Mohegan Solar Area in Uncasville, Conn., in partnership with Showtime Championship Boxing. Particulars of the occasions are nonetheless being finalized, so no official bulletins have been made.
A number of individuals with information of the promotion’s plans confirmed the data to MMA Combating on Wednesday following an preliminary report from Sherdog. Bellator President Scott Coker mentioned the July 24th occasion isn’t confirmed and added “I can’t goal till we get approval.” He declined additional remark.
In Could, Showtime Sports activities govt Stephen Espinoza, who in January was tapped to supervise Bellator as a part of a company restructuring at ViacomCBS, instructed Boxingscene.com he deliberate to advertise crossover occasions that includes the MMA promotion and Showtime Boxing. Coker mentioned followers may see an alternate of expertise.
“Whether or not it’s fighter vs. fighter, or an occasion the place you do each types in the identical night time, the door is open, and people conversations are occurring,” mentioned Coker. “It hasn’t been decided, however I do suppose it’s going to occur sooner or later. There might be boxing guys going into MMA, and MMA guys going into boxing. That’s one thing Stephen and I’ve talked about.”
The Mohegan Solar Area was purported to host Bellator 241 on March 13 earlier than it was finally cancelled because of the pandemic. The cardboard was purported to function a pair of semifinal bouts within the ongoing Bellator Featherweight World Grand Prix, together with champion Patricio “Pitbull” Freire vs. Pedro Carvalho.
Since then, Bellator MMA has stayed comparatively quiet by way of a relaunch date, although the promotion briefly deliberate to carry occasions behind closed doorways this summer time at a sound stage in California.
Whereas the cardboard for July 24 continues to be coming collectively, sources indicated that bout agreements have been issued to a number of fighters. Journey restrictions may forestall some worldwide fighters from coming to the USA, which can alter the general look of some upcoming occasions.
One other potential hurdle to clear in Connecticut is the state’s present journey restrictions contained in the U.S. Guests from 19 totally different states are requested to self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving. The state isn’t at the moment imposing the advisory, nonetheless, solely asking travels to abide by the restrictions.
Vacationers may skip the 14-day quarantine in the event that they’ve taken a COVID-19 check within the 72 hours previous to journey.