Bellator 260, Bellator 261 to Mark Promotion’s First Events with Fans Since Early 2020

By Tristen Critchfield May 19, 2021

Fans are coming back to Bellator MMA events.

The promotion announced Wednesday that fans will be allowed to attend Bellator 260 on June 11 and Bellator 261 on June 25. Both events take place at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. “A limited number of tickets” will be available for both cards on Friday, according to a release.

The organization’s last event in front of an audience was Bellator 240, which took place on Feb. 22, 2020 at 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland. After Friday’s Bellator 259, the California-based promotion will have held 16 events without spectators in attendance due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bellator 260 is headlined by a welterweight championship clash between Douglas Lima and Yaroslav Amosov, while an interim heavyweight title tilt pitting Timothy Johnson against Valentin Moldavsky will top the Bellator 261 bill. Both cards will be televised on Showtime.

In conjunction with the return of fans, Bellator announced a partnership with sports entertainment marketing firm Elevate Sports Ventures to “support sponsorship, premium and ticket sales strategies for the internationally renowned mixed martial arts brand.”

“We are very excited to be getting into business with Elevate,” Bellator MMA president Scott Coker said. “They bring a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience to the table with a proven track record of providing consistent results for top professional sports franchises, leagues and events. It feels like our family just got bigger, and I am confident that this new relationship will lead to the continued growth of the Bellator brand.”

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