Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney along with Erik Flannigan, Executive Vice President, Digital Entertainment, MTV Networks Entertainment Group made a special announcement today regarding the upcoming season for Bellator Fighting Championships fifth season. After moving their main card to MTV2 at the start of the promotions fourth season, Spike.com will now stream the nights undercard fights LIVE throughout the 12-week season.
This marks the first time Spike.com has streamed live mixed martial events and it all begins on Saturday, September 10.
Spike.com will stream Bellator’s live undercard fights each week from 7:00-9:00 p.m. ET/PT, leading into MTV2’s live coverage of the 5th season of Bellator Fighting Championships at 9 p.m. ET/PT. For the first time ever, Bellator will also be simulcast in HD on EPIX.
“Fight fans have been coming to our site for years for great mixed martial arts clips and information,” said Flannigan. “Now we are thrilled to provide them with action-packed live fighting each week.”
“We are thrilled to join forces with Spike.com,” said Rebney. “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.”
Bellator’s 5th season premieres with Bellator 49 from Caesar’s in Atlantic City, N.J., featuring four highly anticipated quarterfinal welterweight tournament fights.
Bellator 49 Main Card (MTV2)
Steve Carl vs. Douglas Lima
Luis Santos vs. Dan Hornduckle
Ben Saunders vs. Chris Cisneros
Chris Lozano vs. Brent Weedman
Bellator 49 Undercard (Spike.com)
145 lbs.: Brylan Van Artsdalen vs. Joel Roberts
170 lbs.: Giedrius Karavackas vs. LeVon Maynard
145 lbs.: Alexandre Bezerra vs. Scott Heckman
145 lbs.: James Jones vs. Lester Caslow
265 lbs.: Azunna Anyanwu vs. J.A. Dudley