Bellator is having one of their biggest events of the year this week. The Heavyweight World title belt will be on the line in a main event bout. Plus four first round matches from the new Featherweight World Grand Prix, as fights compete for a title and a big cash prize. You won't need to get a pay-per-view if you want to be a part of this event. You can watch Bellator 226 featuring Bader vs. Kongo only on DAZN.

Bellator 226 is taking place at the SAP Center in San Jose, CA on Saturday, Sept. 7. The live broadcast is on DAZN, and it begins with the Prelims at 6:45 p.m. Eastern time, followed by the Main card including Bader vs. Kongo beginning at 10 p.m. Eastern.

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Ryan "Darth" Bader (27-5) is a two division champion, risking one belt and his undefeated Bellator record on Saturday night. Bader had a long career in the UFC, with big wins over fighters like Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Rashad Evans and big losses including to Tito Ortiz and pound-for-pound #1 Jon Jones. He dropped into Bellator like a bomb, winning the Light Heavyweight title in his first match, then navigating the Heavyweight Grand Prix to win his second title from MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko. Bader is considered one of the best MMA fighters outside of the UFC promotion, and he shows no sign of stopping with a new contract with Bellator. He will need to be his best Saturday for his contract to be filled with title defenses.

Cheick Kongo (30-10-2) is a champion kickboxer turned mixed martial artist getting his second shot at the Bellator Heavyweight World title. The French fighter with central African heritage has spent six years in Bellator after seven years in the UFC. The last time Kongo fought in a championship match was April 2014, when he lost a unanimous decision to Vitaly Minakov. Since that fight, Kongo has only had one other loss in 11 fights — a split decision against Muhammed Lawal over four years ago. He even won revenge by defeating Minakov in his last match. Can his hot streak carry him to a championship?

Learn about the competitors in the Featherweight World Grand Prix.

The main event of Bellator 226 on DAZN. is a Heavyweight World Title match, which is enough to make this event a must-watch. However this event turns the action up to 11 with four first-round bouts in the Bellator Featherweight World Grand Prix Tournament. The eventual winner of this MMA playoff will be the undisputed Bellator Featherweight champion and receive a $1 million prize. The current featherweight champion, Patricio "Pitbull" Freire, is in the field so he will put his title on the line in every match he fights in the grand prix, beginning in Bellator 228 later this month.

Bellator 226 features the first four matches in the Featherweight World Grand Prix. There are big names in Bellator like Daniel Straus, undefeated fighters like Adam Borics and up-and-coming fighters like Tywan Claxton. With four first round matches filled with title contenders, this event will feel like watching five championship fights in one night, For these fighters, the chance at $1 million is on the line starting Saturday night.

The full fight card, as always subject to change, is as follows:

Main Card

  • Ryan Bader (27-5) vs. Cheick Kongo (30-10-2)
  • Daniel Straus (26-8) vs. Derek Campos (19-9), Featherweight World Grand Prix
  • Pat Curran (23-8) vs. Ádám Borics (13-0), Featherweight World Grand Prix
  • Emmanuel Sanchez (18-4) vs. Tywan Claxton (5-0), Featherweight World Grand Prix
  • Sam Sicilia (17-9) vs. Roberto Carvalho (10-3), Featherweight World Grand Prix
  • Gaston Bolanos (5-1) vs. Daniel Carey (6-4)

Prelims

  • John Maċapa (22-4-2) vs. Ashleigh Grimshaw (20-10-1)
  • Ivan Batinich (3-1) vs. Daniel Compton (0-2)
  • Cornelius Savage (debut) vs. Evan Gubera (0-1)
  • Cass Bell (3-0) vs. Isaiah Rocha (1-0)
  • Christopher Gonzalez (2-0) vs. Luis Vargas (2-3)
  • Amber Leibrock (3-3) vs. Jessica Borga (1-0)
  • Favian Gutierrez (2-1) vs. Alan Benson (0-1)
  • Adam Piccolotti (11-3) vs. Jake Smith (7-2)
  • Daniel Gonzalez (2-2) vs. Jonathan Adams (0-0-1)
  • James Terry (20-10) vs. Batsumberel Dagvadorj (5-0)
  • Peter Ishiguro (1-1) vs. Elias Anderson (0-1)
  • Hyder Amil (3-0) vs. Ignacio Ortiz (2-0-1)
  • Abraham Vaesau (5-2) vs. Renato Alves (4-4)
  • Albert Gonzalez (1-1) vs. Tyson Miller (debut)
  • Adam Piccolotti (11-3) vs. Jake Smith (7-2)
  • Daniel Gonzalez (2-2) vs. Jonathan Adams (0-0-1)
  • James Terry (20-10) vs. Batsumberel Dagvadorj (5-0)
  • Peter Ishiguro (1-1) vs. Elias Anderson (0-1)
  • Hyder Amil (3-0) vs. Ignacio Ortiz (2-0-1)

DAZN is a sports streaming service that aims to replace the pay-per-view model. Instead of major Bellator event like this being a single expensive night, DAZN offers Bellator 226 plus more MMA, boxing and soccer in the regular subscription. DAZN also has ChangeUp, a nightly live look-in show for MLB. With over 100 fights per year, including major promotions from Bellator, Golden Boy Promotions, Matchroom USA and World Boxing Super Series, Combate Americas, DAZN is focused on the renewed attention in boxing and MMA.

DAZN is available to stream on the devices you already have. You can use Android, iPhone or iPad to use mobily. You can also watch DAZN on the big screen using any of the following devices:

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DAZN is available for $20 per month, or $99 per year. MMA fans will get regular Bellator and other promotions each month. Later this month, the Featherweight Grand Prix continues at Bellator 228 featuring Pitbull vs. Archuleta only on DAZN. Boxing fans have a lot of major events to look forward to on DAZN. That includes the highly anticipated rematch of Ruiz vs. Joshua, as well as world title fights including "GGG" vs Derevyanchenko and Prograis vs. Taylor. This month you can watch Bader vs. Kongo at Bellator 226 for free if you decide to sign up for a free trial of DAZN.

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