The landmark agreement with the various networks was announced today by Bellator CEO/Founder Bjorn Rebney and executives from FOX Sports Net and NBC.
“Since our launch earlier this year, there has been an overwhelming demand from MMA fans nationwide for us to broadcast our events live and through a widely available platform,” stated Rebney during the recent announcement. “We are thrilled to have signed this groundbreaking agreement with FOX Sports Net, NBC and Telemundo, which will bring our unique and exciting brand of tournament-based MMA events to a dramatically expanded audience of both English- and Spanish-speaking fans.”
Effective April 8, 2010, Bellator events will be broadcast live on Thursday nights on FSN and its regional sports network affiliates.
Highlights from each week’s live events will then be packed into a 30-minute highlight show, broadcast every successive Saturday night on NBC.
A one-hour highlight show will also air in Spanish on Telemundo every Saturday night beginning at midnight.
All three broadcasts will be available in high definition.
The second season of Bellator will debut on April 8, 2010, running for twelve weeks. The third season is set to begin on August 12, 2010, also stretching twelve weeks.
Champions from the first season of Bellator who are expected to be defending their belts at some point over the promotion’s second go-round include top ranked fighters such as well-known lightweight Eddie Alvarez (18-2), undefeated featherweight Joe Soto (8-0), and ever-exciting middleweight Hector Lombard (21-2-1).