While the Ultimate Fighting Championship will pick up where they left off here in jut a few short weeks, it appears as if Bellator MMA will not be holding an event in January.
“As far as starting, we’re probably thinking sometime in February,” Bellator MMA President Scott Coker recently told MMA Junkie. “We haven’t locked a date down yet, but that’s probably what we’re thinking in February to launch with our first fight of 2021.”
Coker’s company was not as quick to start action back up after the coronavirus pandemic shut down much of the sporting world in 2020. Instead the promotion took a “wait and see” approach to see how things panned out for the UFC. Once they eventually did get the ball rolling, Bellator held all their events at the Mohegan Sun in Uncassville, Connecticut.
“We’ll probably still produce our 22 to 26 events,” Coker said of plans for 2021. “That’s what we’re thinking in the ballpark, then some fights in Europe as things open up. That’s kind of the thought process.”
Bellator’s last card of 2020 was Bellator 254 where Juliana Velasquez dethroned the previously undefeated longtime women’s flyweight champion Ilima-Lei MacFarlane.