Newport Beach, CA. (January 2, 2013) – MMA is coming home to Spike TV, as the MMA industry leader will debut Bellator 360, a Spike original series highlighting the biggest fights in Bellator history, while previewing upcoming Bellator World Title Fights. The first hour long installment will feature Bellator Lightweight World Champion Michael Chandler, as the undefeated star will relive his epic submission victory in the fight of the year against Eddie Alvarez, while also previewing his January 17th World Title defense against former Judo Olympian Rick Hawn from Southern California’s Bren Center.
Bellator 360 debuts Thursday, January 3rd at 10pm EST on Spike TV, and will be followed by another brand new installment of Bellator 360, featuring Bellator’s stacked collection of middleweights including an inside look at Russian striker Alexander Shlemenko and explosive Brazilian Maiquel Falcao, as they prepare for their Bellator Middleweight World Title fight on February 7th. Thursday, January 10th will also feature two brand new back to back episodes of Bellator 360, as Ben Askren will look back on his undefeated run through the Bellator ranks, while Bellator Featherweight World Champion Pat Curran will preview his upcoming World Title defense against Patricio Pitbull.
For more information, visit Bellator.com, follow Bellator on Twitter @BellatorMMA, follow Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney @BjornRebney and check out Bellator on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Bellator
About Bellator MMA
Bellator MMA is the world’s largest tournament based Mixed Martial Arts organization. Televised to nearly 500 Million homes worldwide in over 107 countries, Bellator’s majority owner is entertainment giant Viacom. In the United States, Bellator can be seen on Spike TV, the MMA television leader. With over 150 world-class athletes under contract, Bellator is home to many of the sport’s top mixed martial artists. Bellator’s founder & CEO, Bjorn Rebney, an experienced fighting sports and entertainment executive with a deep commitment to the purity and integrity of the sport of MMA and its athletes. Bellator’s core philosophy is that title shots should be earned, not given. This belief gave rise to Bellator’s real sport, tournament-based format, which gives Bellator’s tournaments a true playoff feel that keeps the sport true and distances itself from the subjective side of fighting sports found in organizations that utilize a matchmaking/casting formula. Bellator Fighting Championships’ executive team is comprised of top industry professionals in television production, live event orchestration, fighter development/relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations. Bellator is based in Newport Beach, California.
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