DAZN inked a two-year cope with Bellator in June 2018. As that deal nears completion, sources with data of the state of affairs inform me the streaming service isn’t prone to re-up with the combined martial arts group.
I reached out to Bellator for a remark, however representatives hadn’t responded to the inquiry at this level. This wouldn’t be a significant shock because it has seemingly been tough for Bellator to positively influence DAZN’s backside line which is rooted in securing subscriptions to its month-to-month streaming service.
In the mean time, DAZN’s main draw is Matchroom Boxing, led by unique rights to WBA, WBO, and IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, and Golden Boy Promotions’ Canelo Alvarez. Matchroom has not too long ago added extra worth with its YouTuber celeb fights that includes the likes of Jake Paul, Logan Paul, and KSI.
DAZN additionally has Combate Americas within the space of fight sports activities, which remains to be the most important advantage of a subscription to the service.
Nevertheless, if and when DAZN’s relationship with Bellator ends, the streaming service is claimed to be fascinated by filling the void with one other model of fight sports activities. There aren’t quite a lot of MMA merchandise that will be in search of one other distribution companion, however there are different choices.
DAZN might be fascinated by a cope with Naked Knuckle Combating Championship. BKFC has been rising quickly because it was based in April 2018, simply two months earlier than DAZN and Bellator.
In a bit over two years, led by President David Feldman, BKFC has established a noteworthy footprint within the fight sports activities world. On YouTube, BKFC has already amassed 376,00zero subscribers and has recurrently trended on social media through the weekends of its greatest occasions.
The promotion has produced promising numbers regardless of its youth within the pay-per-view. Would possibly or not it’s much more engaging as a part of a subscription service?
BKFC was not too long ago on the heart of a information story associated to Mike Tyson. The corporate supplied Tyson $20 million to return out of retirement and to compete in opposition to somebody of his selecting who’s at present on the BKFC roster. Hypothesis circulated that Shannon Briggs, Hector Lombard, and Bobby Gunn as attainable opponents for Tyson below the BKFC label. If Tyson, was unwilling to struggle, Feldman left the door open for the 2 sides to work collectively in one other capability.
With out Tyson within the fold, BKFC is an fascinating choice for DAZN. If Feldman and Co. had been capable of lock within the all-time nice, it could seemingly make a deal between DAZN and BKFC all of the extra fascinating–even when Tyson’s dedication was a brief one.
At the moment, BKFC has massive names like Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, and Briggs below contract. There’s additionally bare-knuckle favorites like Jason Knight, Artem Lobov and others. The potential hyperlink between BKFC and DAZN is generally hypothesis, nevertheless it is smart. Nevertheless, count on different networks to probably be fascinated by BKFC if its development continues.