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Bellator Fighting Championships secures network deals with FOX Sports Net, NBC and Telemundo

BellatorBellator Fighting Championships is set to broadcast its second and third seasons on the FOX Sports Net, NBC and Telemundo networks.

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).

  • dpk says:

    I don’t think the deal with Foxsports net is that big of a deal. It says that the fights will air live, but all of the regional Foxsports stations have contracts with Baseball, Basketball, and College Football teams that will take precedence ahead of Bellator, in the end you are going to end up hoping to catch the replay at 2am, unless they do some fancy scheduling. Telemundo, and NBC are good to have locked up. Overall, I guess it is a good day for Bellator, but not as good in my opinion if they were still in the ESPN family, and could have scored a slot on ESPN2.

  • xtreme_machine says:

    yes more mma for us to watch and enjoy

    also good for then trying to reach the Latinos

  • jj says:

    Fantastic, I can’t wait to see the next tournament, last years was amazing. It will be nice to be able to watch it live and in english!

    Just goes to show there are plenty of network deals to be had when someone has tact and negotiation skills.

  • Not a bad deal here. Thursday nights are not a great night for me tho, because of Jiu Jitsu. Hopefully it starts at 10 so I can catch it. Hopefully this one sticks and doesnt go the route of the IFL.

  • BigDave says:

    Bellator seems to be doing everything right at the moment. They are putting on great fights and are now going to be seen by more people which will showcase there tournament style which I have to say I’m totally loving.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    I’m just chuffed Bellator is back


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