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How To Watch Bellator MMA on SHOWTIME

Looking for the most Bellator MMA action? SHOWTIME is where it’s at, and we spent over 12 hours testing the service to help you determine if it’s a worthy addition to your TV plan.

Exclusive Bellator fights


Price: $10.99–$11.99/mo.

Free trial: 30 days

MMA content: live and on-demand fights, docuseries, and more

Data effective as of post date. Compatible device and internet connection required. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

SHOWTIME moved to Paramount+ with SHOWTIME: On June 27, 2023, the streaming app version of SHOWTIME folded into Paramount+. But the channel remains as-is across cable, satellite, and live TV streaming services. Read all the details in our What To Expect When Paramount+ Becomes Paramount+ with SHOWTIME guide.

Is SHOWTIME worth it for MMA fans?

If you’re a Bellator MMA fan, you need SHOWTIME® access. There’s no way around it. Luckily, starting at $11.99 a month, SHOWTIME is a worthy addition to any TV setup—offering live combat sports, quality movies, and edgy TV series.

Around 18 Bellator events occur yearly, and SHOWTIME is the primary channel and streaming destination for each main card. It’s also where you’ll find many past Bellator fights for nostalgic viewing. And, unlike SHOWTIME Boxing, Bellator rarely runs pay-per-view (PPV) events—meaning you won’t often have to pay extra to watch specific fights.

Of course, if you prefer watching other MMA promotions like the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), you might be better off looking into ESPN+ or UFC Fight Pass. Our UFC on ESPN+ page is an excellent resource for how to watch UFC Fight Night and UFC PPVs.

Bellator MMA on SHOWTIME pros and cons


  • Approx. 18 MMA events per year
  • Live access to SHOWTIME and SHOWTIME WEST channels
  • 30-day free trial


  • Occasional PPV events
  • Small TV and movie library

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SHOWTIME’s MMA content revolves around Bellator MMA, though it also offers many boxing events. Between Bellator and SHOWTIME Boxing, SHOWTIME subscribers get access to 40+ combat events per year. However, some of those boxing showdowns are PPV events that cost extra.

Unfortunately, there isn’t much beyond live and on-demand fights for Bellator fans. If you’re looking for the latest news or analysis programs, YouTube is all you need. Still, SHOWTIME is home to a decent lineup of sports series and documentaries. Some revolve around fighting, while others touch on basketball, football, and sports gambling.

The SHOWTIME Anytime sports hub displays rows of sports-themed content with a banner of the next Bellator MMA event at the top.
Besides live events, SHOWTIME features additional programming dedicated to various sports.

Content availability can vary depending on how you access SHOWTIME. Watching the live SHOWTIME networks through a TV provider won’t give you the full on-demand capabilities available through the Paramount+ app. But you can still schedule DVR recordings or access the SHOWTIME Anytime app with your provider login to stream on-demand content. (More on that further down.)

Bellator MMA fight schedule

Bellator usually schedules its events a few months out, as the official Bellator events webpage highlights. But you can also check out a list of upcoming MMA fights on our regularly updated UFC and Bellator MMA schedule.

SHOWTIME plans and pricing

Plan Price Video Streams Details
SHOWTIME $10.99–$11.99/mo. 1080p, 4K 3 View plan

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Paramount+ with SHOWTIME $11.99/mo. 1080p, 4K 3 View plan

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As we mentioned earlier, there are two ways to get SHOWTIME. You can either add it to your existing cable, satellite, or live TV streaming plan or subscribe to the standalone streaming service through Paramount+. Both cost around $11.99 a month, but that price can vary when signing up through a separate TV provider. Some providers offer SHOWTIME and other premium channels at a discounted rate when you sign up for their higher-tiered plans.

Getting SHOWTIME through Paramount+ is a great option if you don’t need a comprehensive TV plan. With SHOWTIME folded into Paramount+, you’ll have access to plenty of TV shows, movies, and live sports—including NFL on CBS and UEFA Champions League broadcasts.

Choosing the right SHOWTIME app

SHOWTIME has two streaming apps available based on how you subscribe to the service: SHOWTIME and SHOWTIME Anytime. The main SHOWTIME app is for the standalone streaming service, while SHOWTIME Anytime is a companion app to the premium TV channel.

Visit our SHOWTIME vs. SHOWTIME Anytime guide to learn more about the two apps.

Other ways to watch Bellator MMA

There are several other ways to watch Bellator content in the US. You just can’t see many main card events live without SHOWTIME in your corner.

Pro tip: Bellator recently held an event that aired on CBS and Paramount+. When that happened, SHOWTIME subscribers got on-demand event access following the live broadcast.

Beyond SHOWTIME, you can catch live and on-demand Bellator events on Pluto TV and the official Bellator MMA YouTube channel. Both streaming destinations host live Bellator preliminary cards, and Pluto TV has channels dedicated to other combat sports promotions like Professional Fighters League (PFL), Impact Wrestling, and Glory Kickboxing.

If you’re outside the US, you should check in with Bellator’s international viewing guide. SHOWTIME is only available in the US, so you need a VPN or a different service to tune in if you’re not stateside. For example, BBC Three and BBC iPlayer are the only ways to watch Bellator fights live in the UK.

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Final take

SHOWTIME is the primary home of Bellator MMA, and you can tune in through either the premium channel or Paramount+.

The Paramount+ with SHOWTIME streaming plan is handy for watching live and on-demand Bellator content at home or on the go. It costs $11.99 a month and offers around 18 live Bellator events per year. That’s not a bad deal when considering how expensive watching other fight promotions can be these days.


Where can I watch Bellator MMA?

You can watch most Bellator MMA events live on SHOWTIME, either through the premium channel or the Paramount+ with SHOWTIME streaming service. Some Bellator content also appears on CBS, Pluto TV, and the Bellator MMA YouTube channel.

Is Bellator MMA on Amazon Prime Video?

Yes, you can watch Bellator MMA on Amazon Prime Video if you subscribe to Paramount+ through Prime Video’s add-on channels. Other streaming services like fuboTVSling TV, and YouTube TV also offer SHOWTIME as an add-on.

Does ESPN+ have Bellator MMA?

No, ESPN+ doesn’t have Bellator MMA. You need SHOWTIME to watch most Bellator matchups. But you can watch UFC on ESPN+—including exclusive UFC Fight Nights and UFC PPV events.


Our sports experts spent the last year watching Bellator MMA events through SHOWTIME’s premium channel and standalone streaming service. We compared the two methods of accessing SHOWTIME and evaluated other Bellator viewing options like Pluto TV and YouTube, focusing on event coverage, pricing, and additional programming.

Check out our How We Rank page to learn more about our methods.

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