Bellator’s upcoming event in Uncasville, Connecticut, on April 2 features multiple exciting athletes seeking to scale the rankings and earn title shots. Headlined by a featherweight title rematch, the event will be streamed live on Showtime, starting at 9:00 PM EST.
Here you’ll find how to watch the event, start times, full fight card, and preview.
How to watch
The Bellator 255 main card will air exclusively on Showtime.
Bellator 255’s preliminary portion will feature, for free, on the promotions YouTube channel.
- Main Card: Showtime (9:00 PM EST)
- Prelims: YouTube (6:00 PM EST)
The Showtime Bellator 255 Livestream will be available via the web or Showtime app, with subscription prices starting at $10.99 a month. Subscribers can stream the event to their desktop computer, laptop, Apple or Android smartphone, Chromecast, PS4, and more.
For those watching inside the United Kingdom, the event will be free on BBC iPlayer. Bellator and BBC officially joined forces in February, offering British fans the chance to view all 2021 events on the iPlayer streaming service.
The deal includes all U.S. and European cards. To watch, simply create a BBC account.
Bellator 255’s main card will get underway in the U.K. at 02:00 AM, April 3.
Elsewhere around the world
For fans in Europe (excluding the U.K.), New Zealand, Asia, and elsewhere, check with your national sports broadcaster.
Bellator 255 Fight Card
- (C)Patricio “Pitbull” Freire vs. Emmanuel Sanchez – Featherweight title fight, semi final’s of Featherweight Grand Prix
- Neiman Gracie vs. Jason Jackson – Welterweight
- Jack May vs. Tyrell Fortune – Heavyweight
- Usman Nurmagomedov vs. Mike Hamel – Lightweight
- Kana Watanabe vs. Alejandra Lara – Flyweight
- Magomed Magomedov vs. Cee Jay Hamilton – Bantamweight
- Mukhamed Berkhamov vs. Herman Terrado – Welterweight
- Mandel Nallo vs. Ricardo Seixas – Lightweight
- Fabio Aguiar vs. Khalid Murtazaliev – Middleweight
- Roger Huerta vs. Chris Gonzalez – Catchweight (160 lbs)
- Joe Augusto vs. Jonathan Wilson – Light heavyweight
- Roman Faraldo vs. Trevor Gudde – Welterweight
- Jordan Newman vs. Branko Busick – Middleweight
Bellator 255 Preview
For its first event of 2021, Bellator have compiled quite the card.
In the main event, two-division champion Patricio “Pitbull” Freire (31-4) will have his eyes on both defending his featherweight crown and progressing to the finals of the Grand Prix when he meets Emmanuel Sanchez (20-4), a durable contender who has fought terrifically as of late.
Sanchez defeated Tywan Claxton and Daniel Weichel in the previous two rounds of Bellator’s Grand Prix, setting him up for a rematch with Freire, the last man to defeat him. He’ll be aiming to simultaneously claim vengeance and the promotions 145-pound belt, two achievements that wouldn’t go unnoticed; his opponent, on the other hand, has different ideas. “Pitbull” has been showcasing career-best performances as of late and currently rides an impressive six-fight win streak.
Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Neiman Gracie (10-1) will lock horns with Jason Jackson in the co-main event, a fight with major repercussions for the welterweight division.
Gracie bounced back from his first career defeat in September by sending veteran Jon Fitch into retirement with a heel hook. To continue his ascent towards another title shot, the 32-tear-old will be looking for any opportunity to get the fight to the ground. However, the lengthy Jason Jackson (13-4) won’t go down without a scrap. Jackson is riding a three-fight win streak, with his last outing coming in the form of a decision victory over former UFC champion Benson Henderson. Since dispatching of Henderson and officially entering welterweights rankings, Jackson will have nothing but victory on his mind.
Watanabe is undefeated as a professional, making waves in her promotional debut with a late ground-and-pound stoppage of Ilara Joanne. The accomplished judoka is one of Bellator’s more talented contenders, with fans predicting a flyweight title bout in the not too distant future.
Despite just one victory inside the organization’s cage, Magomed Magomedov is already one of the more skillful fighters in Bellator. The bantamweight is best known for his run through Russian promotion ACB (now ACA), where he defeated Bruno Dias and most notably went 1-1 with Petr Yan. Magomedov will have a hard time finding his maker; expect big, big things from him over the ensuing years.