Bellator may switch nights in sixth season

by Dann Stupp | source:

Bellator's tournament format continues to produce intrigue, some major title fights are just weeks away, and the organization is reaching more viewers thanks to broadcast/streaming deals with the high-definition EPIX channel and

But as CEO and chairman Bjorn Rebney recently told, those Saturday-night time slots remain a constant source of discussion.

Bellator now airs on MTV2 on Saturday nights. But those events frequently face competition from the UFC, Strikeforce and other weekend-loving promotions.

"We've had some consistent amount of investigation and due diligence into what's the best time, the best day," he told soon after the organization announced its preliminary-card streaming deal with "Where can we reach the largest number of consumers with the Bellator product we've been putting out there?

Saturday events obviously make it easier to sell tickets, and Rebney said the remaining five season-five events will stay in their Saturday slots.

"In season six when we kick off in the first quarter of 2012, it remains to be seen," he said. "We're not dead set on any specific [time slot] when we determine what's best.

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RKing85 site profile image  

10/18/11 5:19 PM by RKing85

Bellator needs to go back to Thursday nights. ASAP. like yesterday if possible.

TheVileOne site profile image  

10/18/11 4:40 PM by TheVileOne

I'm on Time Warner and I don't get Epix, but I do get MTV2.

bryanand site profile image  

10/17/11 3:10 PM by bryanand

To be fair, they are now also broadcast in HD on Epix, but I have no clue how many people have Epix. I watch Bellator exclusively on Epix now, no commercials.

TheVileOne site profile image  

10/17/11 3:02 PM by TheVileOne

Are there ticket sales doing that well on Saturday? It doesn't look like hardly anyone is there at all at their events.

caposa site profile image  

10/17/11 2:41 PM by caposa

I really liked Thursdays at 8pm ET. Any weekday would be great but I liked the fact that shows were over at 10pm.I agree with smoogy, they should be more aggressive with their marketing. Bellator is putting on outstanding events and they are airing on fucking MTV2 getting 100,000 viewers.

xcouturefan site profile image  

10/17/11 2:27 PM by xcouturefan

Not many people get HDnet.The events on there are also usually smaller compared to Bellator.

32Hunter site profile image  

10/17/11 2:19 PM by 32Hunter

 thursday or sunday. although if they were on early enough on friday they wouldn`t interfere with hdnet mma events.

Pure site profile image  

10/17/11 2:18 PM by Pure

 This is well said.

BushidoAristotle site profile image  

10/17/11 2:17 PM by BushidoAristotle

If they go for Friday, they may be up against the Ultimate Fighter on FX.

clattymine site profile image  

10/17/11 1:54 PM by clattymine

 Friday or sunday would be perfect.