Bellator will soon be hosting its inaugural event, Bellator 19, which is set to take place on July 26, 2018 in New York City.
Bellator 19 is one of the main events of Bellator’s upcoming year, as the promotion will also be hosting a number of events, including Bellator Fight Night 33 on June 26, which will feature the first-ever Bellator featherweight title fight between Michael Bisping and Glover Teixeira.
In the meantime, the promotion also announced that it is expanding its roster of main events, announcing the addition of a pair of heavyweight title fights for the inaugural year of the Bellator title.
The promotion has been on the cusp of launching its inaugural year since April of last year, when it acquired the UFC, UFC Fight Night 32, which took place in February of this year in California.
The event also served as the first Bellator event to feature a flyweight title bout between Bellator lightweight champion Demetrious Johnson and lightweight champion Glover Teuxeira, which was the first flyweight bout to be televised.
For the past few years, the Bellatras had been a one-off event with no plans to expand beyond the UFC and UFC Fight Nights.
After all, Bellatrader.com reported in July that Bellator was looking to move to more live events with its first event in 2021, when the promotion would be expanding into an MMA promotion.
Bellators first event, the UFC Fight 16, took place on April 6, 2020 in Las Vegas.
The UFC and Bellator both lost significant amounts of money on UFC Fight 17, which ended up costing the UFC $50 million and Bellators purse of $32.4 million.
The Bellator Featherweight Championship also fell short of the UFC’s expectations, resulting in the promotion receiving a cut of the fight.
Bellatraders expectations for the Bellators second event, UFC Light Heavyweight Title Fight between Bellatralist Anthony Johnson and UFC heavyweight champion Jon Jones, were slightly lower.
After winning the featherweight belt and earning a second-place finish at UFC 172, Jones has been in a bit of a slump.
The loss to Bellator champion Glover Vitor Belfort in January was the final straw for Jones, and the promotion has since given him a contract extension with Bellator.
Bellato also announced the signing of former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Urijah Faber.
Faber, who has won three consecutive title bouts and won the Strikeforce Lightweight Championship twice, has been under contract with Bellators since April, when he signed a two-fight deal with the promotion.
He was initially scheduled to make his Bellator debut at Bellator 26 on June 16, but the promotion decided to move him to BellatRader.
Completes the list of new Bellator main events is the promotion’s inaugural title fight.
Bellator welterweight champion Alexander Gustafsson will face challenger Jose Aldo in the lightweight belt bout.
UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor has been training for the bout with the UFC.
Bellatorial heavyweight contender Demetrius “The Barbarian” Johnson is set for a two part Bellator showdown with former Bellator heavyweight champion Michael Bregoli.
Bellators first main event of the year takes place on May 11, 2020.
The winner of the bout will take home the belt in the main event.UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, who recently lost a decision to Nate Diaz at UFC on FOX 16, will be facing a fellow Bellator newcomer, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Kiko Martinez.
The former StrikeForce light heavyweight champion has been working out with Bellatrs team for some time.
The debut of the new Bellatator featherweights event will take place at UFC Fight Day 33 on July 24, 2020, in New Orleans.
The event is scheduled to feature three of Bellators featherweight divisional stars, as champion Antonio Rogerio Nogueira faces a pair former Bellators title contenders in Alexander Gustagas and Glover Vueira.