In a move substantiating claims of a relationship between Bellator Fighting Championships and Spike TV, news has surfaced that the network will broadcast the promotion’s preliminary pairings through their website starting this weekend with Bellator 49, the first time ever Spike will stream live MMA action.
“We are thrilled to join forces with Spike.com,” said Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney of the newly formed partnership. “The Spike brand is synonymous with Mixed Martial Arts worldwide and is another member of the MTV family who does an incredible job in resonating with the hard-to-reach 18-to-34-year-old male audience.”
The live stream will run before every Bellator event during Season 5 from 7:00-9:00 PM EST as a lead in for when the main card picks up on MTV2 (or EPIX in HD).
The network, known for showing UFC events and playing home to the Ultimate Fighter, was first linked with Bellator shortly after Zuffa aligned themselves with FOX and started severing professional ties in the process. Spike TV executives were seen in attendance at last month’s Bellator 48 event and, again breaking from the norm, a review of the show was later posted on Spike.com. Both factors were seen as adding weight to the likelihood of the two sides coming together in the near future as they since have.
Among the undercard bouts at this weekend’s event, Brazilian finisher Alexandre Bezerra faces 8-2 Scott Heckman and Bellator veteran LeVon Maynard will mix it up with submission specialist Giedrius Karavackas. The evening’s televised action will focus on the opening round of the Bellator Season 5 Welterweight Tournament.