Without much of an announcement, Bellator has a solid home on Japanese TV. Starting in October, Bellator events will air in some shape or form on Samurai TV.
Samurai TV is a smaller, pay only station in Japan. Most cable subscribers do not receive this channel. The station is the home for many promotions, including DEEP, Shooto, and some of the puroresu (professional wrestling) outlets. SamuraiTV is typically a combat sports channel, airing all things kakutougi.
Bellator has been increasing its footprint dramatically in 2012. Making a huge move from MTV2 to Spike TV, Bellator, in 2013, will look to fill the void that Zuffa left when they moved the UFC from Spike for Fox. As far as we know, this will be the first time a U.S. promotion will air events on the station, making it a huge step forward for Bellator.
Bellator has brought in a few Japanese names as of late. Shinya Aoki fought for the promotion in April in his rematch with Eddie Alvarez. Additionally, Masakatsu Ueda fought at Bellator 64, losing a decision to Travis Marx. Hiroshi Nakamura also was featured on the broadcast, winning his first round match over Rodrigo Lima. Nakamura would go on to lose his next fight in the tournament. Megumi Fujii was one of the promotions first female stars, winning the 115-pound tournament, which granted her the championship. She later went on to lose the belt to Zoila Gurgel.
To view the full line up of combat sports programming on Samurai TV visit their homepage at www.samurai-tv.com.
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