MMA is headed into another big weekend, with a headline fight on Saturday that's drawing major attention. On Feb. 16, Michael "Venom" Page, known as MVP, faces Paul Daley at Bellator 216, airing exclusively on DAZN.
Coverage of Bellator 216, from Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut, begins on DAZN at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time, with the preliminary fights. The five-fight main card starts at 10 p.m.
MMA at the highest level goes beyond a single promotion or league. Bellator promotions have grown in stature with fighters, cards, and productions that attract a passionate global fan base. In this main event, Michael Page is a fun and unconventional fighter, who mixes traditional styles with a sense of unexpected movements. If you haven't seen him celebrate knockouts by donning a Pokemon hat and throwing a Poké Ball, you're missing out. Paul Daley has had a long career in kickboxing and MMA in multiple promotions. He was famously banned by UFC for a late hit sucker punch after the end of a match. Winning that match could have sent him into a title fight, but instead he had to move on.
This main event is also part of a championship tournament, the Bellator Welterweight World Grand Prix. MVP vs Daley is a quarterfinals match, and the winner will face Douglas Lima in the semifinals. The eventual winner of the tournament will become the undisputed Bellator Welterweight champion. MVP and Daley have had a history prior to this event, which you can learn about in this short documentary about the fight, called Friends 2 Foes.
In addition to MVP vs. Daley, there is an exciting card, subject to change, of main and preliminary matches.
- Cheick Kongo (29-10-2) vs. Vitaly Minakov (20-0) Co-main event
- Mirko Cro Cop (36-11-2) vs. Roy Nelson (23-16)
- Yaroslav Amosov (20-0) vs. Erick Silva (20-9)
- Valerie Loureda (2-1) vs. Colby Fletcher (1-2)
- Alexandra Ballou (1-0) vs. Sarah Payant (3-4)
- Pat Casey (4-0) vs. Nekruz Mirkhojaev (3-2)
- Kastroit Xhema (2-2) vs. Kemran Lachinov (7-2)
- Demetrios Plaza (0-0) vs. Drews Rodriguez (1-0)
- Rodolfo Neves Rocha (0-0) vs. Jesse Kosakowski (0-0)
DAZN is the only place you can watch Bellator 216, and it is a streaming home for lots of other MMA, boxing, soccer, cricket and soon MLB. This sports streamer offers over 100 different fight cards per year, so if you are a fan of events like this, you can get pay-per-view quality nights without the high prices.
DAZN is available on almost any device you may have, including the most common smartphones and tablets. If you want it on your TV, you can use the best streaming boxes, including Apple TV, Android TV, Fire TV, and Roku, or smart TV platforms, like Samsung, LG or Vizio. You can also play DAZN on a Playstation 4 and Xbox One, or watch the fights over AirPlay or Chromecast.
DAZN is $10 a month, but it comes with a free trial that gives you the first month free, including Bellator 216 Page vs Daley if you sign up now! Be ready to see if MVP gets to celebrate Pokémon style again .
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