Bellator Fighting Championships continues to push towards becoming a bigger global power.

The promotion announced on Tuesday that they will begin filming on Russia 2 in September. Bellator will air exclusively to 83 million Russian sports fans on the network.

“Over the last year, as the Bellator brand has experienced enormous growth and our talent team has signed the greatest Russian mixed martial artists in the world, the timing was perfect to align Bellator with Russia’s leading sports network,” Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said. “R2 carries the world’s greatest sports to Russian viewers. So, aligning Bellator with this industry giant is another very exciting step forward in the evolution of the Bellator brand worldwide.”

The first card to air will be Bellator 74. So far, only Lyman Good as a member of the welterweight tournament has been announced. The show will air on MTV2 in the U.S.

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