Bellator FC Move To Friday Nights For Season 6

The No. 2 MMA promotion in America announced that starting with its sixth season in the spring, Bellator’s live fights will air on MTV2 on Friday nights. The first Bellator show of Season 6 will take place on March 2, and having the event on a Friday ensures that it won’t take place simultaneously with a UFC pay-per-view, as Bellator often did this year.

However, the decision to move to Fridays may still mean going head-to-head with the UFC, as The Ultimate Fighter will move to a live format with fights on Friday nights on FX next year, and the UFC may also run some Fight Night-level shows on FX or Fuel TV on Friday nights. It’s not clear yet whether Bellator and The Ultimate Fighter will air at the same time, but Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said his promotion views its events as distinct from reality television like The Ultimate Fighter.

“Our focus was to find the right night, where the largest number of MMA fans could enjoy the show,” Rebney said in a statement. “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.”

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