LOS ANGELES- CBS Television Network and BELLATOR MMA jointly announced today that the first BELLATOR event of 2023 will air on CBS, America’s most-watched television network. The announcement marks the first network television event for BELLATOR, one of the world’s leading mixed martial arts promotions. The event will be headlined by the undisputed world heavyweight champion ryan bader (30-7, 1 NC) defending his title against the MMA legend Fyodor Emelianenko (40-6, 1 NC) in a rematch of their 2019 World Heavyweight Grand Prix bout. In the co-main event, a second title will be up for grabs as the No. 4 ranked light heavyweight Yoel “Soldier of God” Romero (15-6) will challenge tonight’s winner BELLATOR 288 main event between the 205-pound world champion Vadim Nemkov (15-2, 1 NC) and challenger ranked n°1 Corey Anderson (16-5, 1NC).

BELLATOR 290: Bader vs Fedor 2 takes place on Saturday, February 4, 2023at the Kia Forum in Inglewood, California. The main card will air live beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT on the CBS Television Network and available for live and on-demand streaming on Paramount+*. BELLATOR, CBS and Paramount+ are all owned by Paramount.

*Paramount+ Premium subscribers will have access to the live stream via their local CBS affiliate’s live stream on the service as well as on-demand. Subscribers at the essential level of Paramount+ and SHOWTIME subscribers will have on-demand access after the live presentation.

The last mixed martial arts live broadcast on CBS was in 2010 from STRIKEFORCE, a global MMA promotion founded by BELLATOR President Scott Coker. The network aired five total MMA events from 2008 to 2010.

In their first match at the same arena on January 26, 2019, Bader claimed the 265-pound crown by defeating Emelianenko in just 35 seconds in the final of the BELLATOR World Heavyweight Grand Prix. After laying the Russian icon down with a devastating left hand to Emelianenko’s head, Bader followed it up with a barrage of punches before referee Mike Beltran stopped the fight.

“We’ve worked tirelessly to make this brand the global powerhouse it is today and a primetime slot on CBS has always been one of our primary goals,” Coker said. “With a full roster of many of the best fighters in the world, as well as elite prospects and legends of the game, I’m very excited to bring this event to America’s most-watched network.”

Tickets for BELLATOR 290: Bader vs Fedor 2 goes on sale Friday, December 2, with a special pre-sale starting Wednesday, November 30.

Additional fights for the main and preliminary fight cards will be announced.

Successfully returning to the heavyweight division after an impressive run in the BELLATOR Light Heavyweight World Grand Prix, Bader is coming off a successful defense of the BELLATOR MMA World Heavyweight Title as he recorded a unanimous decision against Cheick Kongo in a rematch on May 6 in Paris, France. A former two-division champion, Bader has beaten 10 of his last 12 opponents at heavyweight and light heavyweight. Fighting out of Chandler, Arizona, the former two-time NCAA Division I wrestler from Arizona State University opened his pro career by winning season eight of “The Ultimate Fighter.”

Never one to shy away from an opponent, Bader has had nothing but top fights since signing with BELLATOR MMA in 2017, beating Emelianenko, King Mo, Matt Mitrione, Linton Vassell, Lyoto Machida and Phil Davis. In his initial defense of the 265-pound title against Kongo, Bader controlled the action before referee Mike Beltran stopped the contest due to an accidental blow to Kongo’s left eye at 3:52 into the game. first round.

Widely considered the greatest heavyweight in mixed martial arts history, Emelianenko returns to the BELLATOR cage for the second time since his dominating first-round TKO against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in 2019. In his last outing and his first fight in his home country of Russia in five years, Emelianenko headlined BELLATOR MMA 269 and scored a first-round knockout against Tim Johnson on October 23, 2021 in Moscow.

In an illustrious career that has seen him make 31 saves in 40 wins over legendary opponents, the former PRIDE FC World Heavyweight Champion and four-time world combat sambo champion has achieved a magnificent streak without eight-year defeat with a view to becoming an international. MMA icon. Additionally, “The Last Emperor” created Team Fedor, which includes several top Russian fighters, including BELLATOR World Light Heavyweight Champion Vadim Nemkov and former BELLATOR Interim Heavyweight Champion Valentin Moldavsky.

Arguably the sport’s biggest free agent signing of 2021, Romero joined BELLATOR to much fanfare. Known throughout the combat sports world for his remarkable athleticism, dynamic wrestling attacks and lethal knockout power, Romero has remained at the top of his class despite entering MMA much later in life than his contemporaries. The Olympic medalist is now set to challenge for the BELLATOR Light Heavyweight World Championship on the heels of devastating TKO back-to-back wins over Alex Polizzi and Melvin Manhoef.


CBS and Paramount+

Saturday, February 4, 2023 — 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT

World Heavyweight Title Main Event: #VS-ryan bader (30-7, 1 NC) against #3-Fyodor Emelianenko (40-6, 1 NC)

World Light Heavyweight Title Co-Main Event: #VS-To be determined versus. Yoel Romero (15-6)

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Updated schedule of BELLATOR events – click links for updated fight cards

Fri. November 18 //BELLATOR 288:Nemkov vs. Anderson 2 / ‘Pitbull’ vs. Nurmagomedov// Wintrust Arena // Chicago, IL.

Fri. December 9 // BELLATOR 289: Bantamweight World Grand Prix Semi-Finals//Mohegan Sun Arena // Uncasville, Conn.

Sat. December 31st // BELLATOR MMA vs. RIZIN FF// Saitama Super Arena // Saitama, Japan

Sat. February 4 // BELLATOR 290: Bader vs Fedor2 // Kia Forum // Inglewood, CA.

Fri. February 24 //BELLATOR 291: DUBLIN// 3Arena // Dublin, Ireland



BELLATOR MMA is a premier global mixed martial arts organization featuring many of the best fighters in the world. Led by veteran fight promoter Scott Coker, BELLATOR events take place in major cities around the world and can be seen on television in over 160 countries for an available audience of over one billion people. In the United States, BELLATOR can be seen on SHOWTIME. BELLATOR is comprised of a leadership team that includes top industry professionals in television production, live event orchestration, development/fighter relations, venue sourcing, creative/ sponsorship development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations. BELLATOR is based in Hollywood, Calif., and is owned by entertainment giant Paramount, home to the world’s biggest entertainment brands that connect with audiences through compelling content across TV, film, online platforms and mobiles.


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