Press Release courtesy of Bellator FC

Bellator Fighting Championships announced the exclusive
launch of its English-language broadcast on Bellator.com beginning today, April
8, 2009, bringing Bellator’s explosive and exciting events directly to its
English speaking fans. Each broadcast will be available at www.Bellator.com
every Wednesday at 7 A.M. EST and will stream continuously from that point on,
allowing fans to watch an entire fight card or just a piece of an entire event,
while also having immediate access to stats, blogs and tournament standings.
The broadcasts, consisting of the full commercial-free event coverage, are
hosted by popular mixed martial arts (MMA) commentators/experts, Jon Anik and
Jason Chambers who provide in-depth analysis during the entire Season 1
championship tournament.


The combination of ESPN’s MMA Live anchor, Anik and mixed
martial artist/television personality Chambers brings a wealth of talent,
personality and experience as well as in-depth inside-the-cage knowledge to every
event. This tremendous on-air talent team provides MMA fans with the highest
quality expert analysis for Bellator’s highly anticipated online premiere, and
through each of the following 12 weeks’ broadcasts. 


“We are happy to bring fans this online option to
experience Bellator’s 2009 tournament at their leisure and according to their
schedule.  The English language program on Bellator.com will be the full
broadcast with top commentators, Jon and Jason, just without the
commercials.  The Bellator tournament is all about the fighters
controlling their own destiny inside the cage.  This online broadcast is
all about our fans and bringing them the excitement of Bellator’s events,
whenever they want to see it, whether it is in their homes or offices,” said
Bjorn Rebney, CEO of Bellator Fighting Championships. 


Bellator Fighting Championships’ premiere season consists of
12 two-hour events to be broadcast weekly in primetime on Saturday nights on
ESPN Deportes, and the English broadcast will be available on Bellator’s
website on Wednesdays starting at 7 A.M. EST.  The events feature a combination
of tournament and non-tournament special feature bouts. There are four
simultaneous tournaments taking place in season #1 over a three-month period:
one in each of the Featherweight (145 lb.), Lightweight (155 lb.), Welterweight
(170 lb.) and Middleweight (185 lb.) divisions.