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Bellator shifting events to Friday nights in 2012

Bellator Fighting Championships has tried Thursday and Saturday nights to reach the most MMA fans possible. Now, beginning in 2012, Bellator will give Fridays a go on MTV2/EPIX.

“Our focus was to find the right night, where the largest number of MMA fans could enjoy the show,” said CEO Bjorn Rebney in a press release on the move. “We’ve been discussing this move with our partners at Viacom for months. When we looked at the alternatives, we agreed that Fridays provided a great night for us to reach MMA fans with our live, real sport, tournament events every week.”

Bellator’s upcoming Season 6 will begin March 2. Tournaments in five different weight classes will unfold in the cage over the first half of the year along with six title-fights. Thus far the divisions involved in the tournaments include 145, 155, 170, and 185 pounds with championship defenses forthcoming from Zach Makovsky, Joe Warren, Ben Askren, Hector Lombard, and Cole Konrad.

In 2013, Bellator will shift its viewing to Spike TV, replacing the UFC in the television lineup. Spike TV and MTV2 are both owned by Viacom.



    Dumb,dumb,dumb-Should of placed the shows on Wednesdays(no competition)-Instead they have to deal with the new all live TUF show on FOX and SF Challengers

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  • G-DUB says:

    Perhaps not the best strategic move possible, but a clear improvement over Saturday nights going head-to-head against marquee UFC events. TUF will only be an hour long and could remain scheduled at 10pm EST. SF Challengers events don’t start until 11pm EST. If they schedule Bellator from 8pm to 10pm EST, they’ll get the audience they’re looking for. For true MMA fans, Friday nights may be an MMA bonanza with wall-to-wall fights (…not forgetting occassional HDNet Friday night fights as well).

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  • Rece Rock says:

    it’s going to be a toss up of which show will have the better scheduled fights… I wish bellator would have went on wed…. hopefully in 2013 they can get on spike and just blow up.

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