Bellator Fighting Championships has reportedly secured a television deal with ESPN’s Spanish-speaking channel, ESPN Deportes, to broadcast an MMA program in 2009. The Communications Manager for ESPN Deportes, Santa Brito, confirmed today that the channel was in the early stages of development for MMA programming in 2009.
This news comes via a report at Sherdog this afternoon.
Brito did clear the air that ESPN does not have plans to develop any MMA programming for its English-speaking networks. According to the report, fighters such as Jorge Masvidal as well as Eddie Alvarez have been approached in regards to appearing on what looks to be a reality television show largely focused on Hispanic fighters.
The report also indicates that the program is set to be a 12 week series that will focuse on the 145, 155, 170, and 185 lbs. weight classes. Each weight class will have an eight man tournament and non-tournament bouts will also be broadcast.