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Bellator FC Bellator MMA (Bellator) is the 2nd largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion in the USA and the largest tournament-based MMA organization in the world. Headquartered in Newport Beach, California, the company was formed in 2008 by Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney. Bellator’s events are primarily structured around tournaments. The tournament winner is declared the number one contender in their respective weight class, and is awarded a check for $100,000 and a shot at the reigning Bellator champion. Bellator uses the motto “The Toughest Tournament In Sports” Bellator FC now airs on Spike TV Thursday nights!

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Old 12-12-2012, 12:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Bellator moves to Thursdays.

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Spike TV and Bellator confirmed Tuesday the promotion would hold events Thursdays next year in a 10 p.m. ET slot. They announced two championship matches, and the Bellator debut of Renato 'Babalu' Sobral, as the key components of the debut show Jan. 17.

The show, from the Bren Events Center in Irvine, Calif., will open with a featherweight title fight with Pat Curran (17-4) defending against Patricio "Pitbull" Freire (17-1). The main event on the show will have lightweight champion Michael Chandler (10-0), who defeated Eddie Alvarez in Bellator's greatest fight in history, defending his championship against 2004 U.S. judo Olympian Rick Hawn (14-1). Freire and Hawn both earned title shots by winning tournaments on MTV2.

The original plan was to have fans do an on-line vote based on an online reality show for the fight that kicks off the debut broadcast at 10 p.m. Fans voted for Paul Daley vs. War Machine in a welterweight tournament bout, but just before that was to be announced, War Machine broke his tibia and tore his ACL in training. Rebney said they wanted to open spectacularly so they made the decision to put a world title match in the cage at 10 p.m.

Also announced for the first show is a first-round light heavyweight tournament match with Sobral. Sobral (37-9), a former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion who once headlined a UFC pay-per-view event challenging Chuck Liddell for the championship, faces 2008 world Sambo champion and Russian submission expert Mikhail Zayats (19-6). Other names mentioned as appearing on that show as part of the light heavyweight tournament are former UFC fighters Seth Petruzelli (14-6), best known for beating Kimbo Slice on CBS TV, and Jason Lambert (25-12).

The first season will be 12 weeks long with live programming airing immediately after Spike's pro wrestling franchise, TNA Impact, giving the station in excess of four straight hours of live combat sports and entertainment. The strategy is identical to that when Spike in 2005 launched the UFC brand, putting The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) on directly after WWE Raw when it was Spike's most popular show.

"It's the right time slot," said Spike TV President Kevin Kay. "When we launched the other promotion, it was around WWE using the wrestling lead in."

Kay said he wasn't concerned that in most weeks, the main event wouldn't be starting until near midnight on a work night.

"I don't have a lot of concern about it," he said. "One of the things about Spike is guys tend to get the remote at 10 p.m., and that's proven to be very successful for us. A two-hour movie runs well for us at 10 p.m. With world title fights and tournament championships, guys will stay."

But if they don't, Spike will also be airing the shows multiple times each week, including in prime time.

"We're in the Bellator business for the long haul," said Kay. "It probably will be rebroadcast on Fridays, Saturdays, if the fights are great, we'll rebroadcast them every night of the week."

Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said the first season would include five tournaments, at featherweight, lightweight, welterweight, middleweight and light heavyweight. He also confirmed that later this year they would run a women's tournament at 125 pounds.

Spike will also be airing companion programming for the live events. A reality show concept is being worked on, although at this point there was no announcement as to when the show would debut or what format it would take.
Kay also mentioned programming like "Bellator 360," a show that would feature tapes of previously aired fights featuring the fighters that are currently being featured on the live shows, similar to UFC Unleashed that aired on the station for years. He also confirmed there would likely be a Countdown type show before the first show aired.

The station will also be airing a King Mo Lawal (8-1, 1 no contest) television special, that will debut on Jan. 17 after the live show ends, and later be replayed in prime time building to Lawal's debut, which will be on the Jan. 24 live show. The Lawal debut will be a joint promotion by both Bellator and TNA Impact. Lawal is under contract to both organizations.

MMA Uncensored, which aired on Thursdays at 11 p.m., will be moved to a new night.

The second live show, on Jan. 24, will be from the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Okla., on the Texas/Oklahoma border. Lawal, who will compete in the same light heavyweight tournament as Sobral, grew up in Texas, and was an All-American wrestler at Oklahoma State.

That show will be headlined by welterweight champion Ben Askren (10-0), one of the best American collegiate wrestlers of all-time, defending his title against Karl Amoussou (16-4-2), and also feature welterweight tournament competitors Doug Lima (22-5) and Ben Saunders (14-5-2).

Rebney also said that bantamweight champion Eduardo Dantas (14-3) would likely defend his title against Marcos Galvao (13-5-1) during the season.

"We're hopeful he'll face Galvao during season eight," said Rebney. "We're not sure how quick from the start it'll be, but anticipate it i the first couple of months of season eight."

Another fight announced for the new season would be the finals of the current season's featherweight tournament, with Shahbulat Shamhalaev (11-1-1) vs. Rad Martinez (14-2). The two were scheduled to fight this past Friday night in Atlantic City, N.J., but the New Jersey Athletic Control Board nixed the fight shortly before they were to go into the cage due to Shamhalaev throwing up a few times due to food poisoning.

Rebney announced on the broadcast that the match would take place this coming Friday, on Bellator's final event on MTV 2 from Hammond, Ind., but since confirmed that due to Martinez having to take care of his paraplegic father this week, it would be impossible for him to fight.
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Bellator's got a lot of good things to offer, those fights are gonna be sick.
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I don't watch bellator unless I know someone who's fighting personally. So don't care too much.

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Can I ask why? I personally don't care about the names of the fighters. A sweet KO looks just the same to me. Same goes for an awesome fight. Just curious.
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Have you seen the Chandler/Alvarez fight? If not you should man, it's really, really good. Their lighter weight's in general are very fun to watch.
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Have you seen the Chandler/Alvarez fight? If not you should man, it's really, really good. Their lighter weight's in general are very fun to watch.
Not just that but they have amazing talent. Douglas Lima, Rick Hawn, Michael Chandler, Pat Curran and others are very talented fighters and IMO would be immediate top 10 fighters in the UFC and even title contenders. There are guys over there right now that Dana would love to get his hands on. I'm sure eventually he will get his hands on most of them.
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Can I ask why? I personally don't care about the names of the fighters. A sweet KO looks just the same to me. Same goes for an awesome fight. Just curious.
Because I generally am too busy Friday's. And I only like watching high level fighters. I shouldn't watch a fight and feel like I could even hang with you and most of those guys give me that feeling. Also the announcing is only a step above Gus Johnson.





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I have seen that fight and I enjoyed it. But it's the same thing are those guys actually any good? I don't enjoy big fish in a small pond. That fight was very good though.

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Because I generally am too busy Friday's. And I only like watching high level fighters. I shouldn't watch a fight and feel like I could even hang with you and most of those guys give me that feeling. Also the announcing is only a step above Gus Johnson.







I have seen that fight and I enjoyed it. But it's the same thing are those guys actually any good? I don't enjoy big fish in a small pond. That fight was very good though.

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Wow that's insane. If you could compete with those guys then I suggest you quit your job and take up fighting full time because you will make a decent living if you have that kind of talent. There are more then a handful of fighters right now with Bellator that are top 5 in the World at their weight class. Especially smaller fighters, like mentioned. Hell Pat Curran could very well be the 2nd best FW in the World right now and Chandler looks like a legit top 5 LW even in that extremely deep division.
I didn't expect you to have that kind of response. Seems extremely ignorant IMO.
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