‘Bellator: Dynamite 2’ set to stream in Japan on AbemaTV



SANTA MONICA, Calif., (June 20, 2016) – This Friday, “Bellator: Dynamite 2“ airs in America LIVE and FREE on SPIKE. Today, Bellator MMA is pleased to announce that its flagship event will be available live in Japan through AbemaTV, allowing users of the service to watch the premier mixed martial arts event through their smartphone as it takes place June 24 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

“When we first put the ‘Dynamite’ franchise in action, we made it very well known that we were paying homage to the ‘Dynamite’ events that originated in Japan,” said Bellator President Scott Coker. “With a main event that features two fighters with such rich history and heritage in Japan, we are very happy to be able to partner with AbemaTV to bring this event to the amazing MMA fans of this country.”

The action-packed event is headlined by a legend in Japan’s rich history of MMA, “Rampage” Jackson (36-11), who takes on Japanese Olympic Judo Gold Medalist Satoshi Ishii (14-5-1), as well as a lightweight title fight pitting Michael Chandler (14-3) against Patricky “Pitbull” (16-7) in the evening’s co-main event. “Bellator: Dynamite 2“ is also stacked with former NFL player Matt Mitrione (9-5) taking on Carl “Badwater” Seumanutafa (10-6), multiple kickboxing contests with notable names the likes of Denise Kielholtz and Kevin Ross, and finally, a women’s strawweight encounter featuring undefeated Ilima MacFarlane (3-0) against Rebecca Ruth (6-1).

“I’m so excited to announce that now Bellator can be enjoyed on our service, the Internet TV station AbemaTV,” said CyberAgent Operating Officer Takunori Fujii. “AbemaTV is a joint venture between IT company CyberAgent and one of the biggest TV station in Japan, TV Asahi, creating an Internet TV station based on a new type of video broadcasting business model. Since its official launch on April, AbemaTV achieved a cumulative total of 4 million downloads in 2months, and is still under rapid growth. Martial arts are one of the most popular contents in AbemaTV. Bellator is a very famous event, popular among sports fan in Japan, and was longed by many people. We are sure that we can contribute to expand the popularity of Bellator by showing them on AbemaTV.”

Founded in 2015 as a joint venture between CyberAgent and TV Asahi, AbemaTV is a user-friendly application that runs on mobile devices, giving its users unlimited access to 24 channels and 20 original live programs on the fly 24/7. Since the companies launch last month, more than 3 million people have downloaded the app and daily viewings per day have exceeded 10 million.

The main card of “Bellator: Dynamite 2“ begins at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on Friday, June 24 in The United States and at 9 a.m. on the morning of Saturday, June 25 in Japan.

For more information, please visit: http://abematv.co.jp.


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