Packing a punch in 2018, Paramount Channel announced that it will be the exclusive new home to popular mixed martial arts franchise, Bellator. Paramount Channel will air Bellator’s upcoming world championship events from venues around the world starting off with the live telecast of the World Welterweight Champion title fight to kick-off the 2018 season, “Bellator 192” on 21 January. MTV Asia and MTVph will also get a piece of the action with the launch of a new Paramount-branded block, “MTV Presents: Bellator on Paramount”, which will showcase selected Bellator content, and cater to more MMA fans in the region. “Bellator 192” from The Forum in Los Angeles is the title bout between Rory MacDonald and Douglas Lima. The event will also include the first round of the Heavyweight Grand Prix between two MMA icons, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Chael Sonnen. This will air live on Paramount Channel on 21 January, Sunday at 9am (TH) and 10am (MY), with a same day repeat telecast at 9pm (TH) and 10pm (MY). “MTV Presents: Bellator on Paramount Channel” will start on 26 January, Friday at 10.20pm (WIB), 11.20pm (SG, PH) and 12.20am (MY – 27 January, Saturday), and will run weekly at the same timing. “We understand that fans want to watch the action as early as possible and with Paramount Channel the new destination of Bellator, we are kicking off with the season opener fight live for the first time on the channel. Through a Paramount-branded block on MTV Asia, we are also extending the pure adrenaline of Bellator to more MMA fans around the region,” said Paras Sharma, Senior Vice President and General Manager for Southeast Asia, Viacom International Media Networks.