U-Next will be Bellator MMA's Japanese broadcaster

By David Rumsey

U-Next will become Bellator MMA's new exclusive broadcast partner in Japan beginning with Bellator 272: Pettis vs. Horiguchi, which takes place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut on Dec. 3, and airs live in Japan on Saturday, Dec. 4 starting at 9:00am local time. The exclusive two-year streaming agreement, which is being rolled out on Thursday, will see U-Next air all Bellator live events, including preliminary bouts. U-Next also will have a library of past events on demand beginning next month. The deal will begin as Japanese star Kyoji Horiguchi, a former Bellator 135-pound titleholder and current RIZIN champion, challenges current bantamweight champ Sergio Pettis. In addition to Horiguchi, ViacomCBS-owned Bellator is home to several Japanese fighters including Shinsho Anzai, Keita Nakamura, Kana Watanabe and Goiti Yamauchi.

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