Spike.com, a leading destination for men on the web, will stream LIVE undercard fights throughout the 12-week season of Bellator Fighting Championship that begins Saturday, September 10. It was jointly announced today by Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney and Erik Flannigan, Executive Vice President, Digital Entertainment, MTV Networks Entertainment Group. This marks the first time Spike.com has streamed live mixed martial events.
Spike.com will stream Bellatorâ€™s live undercard fights each week from 7:00-9:00 p.m. ET/PT, leading into MTV2â€™s live coverage of the 5th season of Bellator Fighting Championships at 9 p.m. ET/PT. For the first time ever, Bellator will be simulcast in HD on EPIX.
â€œFight fans have been coming to our site for years for great mixed martial arts clips and information,â€ said Flannigan. â€œNow we are thrilled to provide them with action-packed live fighting each week.â€
â€œWe are thrilled to join forces with Spike.com,â€ said Rebney. â€œThe 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.â€
Bellatorâ€™s 5th season premieres with Bellator 49 from Caesarâ€™s in Atlantic City, N.J., featuring four highly-anticipated quarterfinal welterweight tournament fights. Bellator showcases a unique format of world-class fighting with 12-week, eight-man tournaments featuring some of the most dynamic fighters in the world, including Lightweight World Champion Eddie Alvarez, Middleweight champion Hector Lombard, Featherweight champion Joe Warren, Welterweight champion Ben Askren, Bantamweight champion Zack Makovsky, Light Heavyweight champion Christian Mâ€™Pumbu, Heavyweight champion Cole Konrad and Womenâ€™s 115-pound champion Zoila Frausto.