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Bellator wants to be your MMA event before the MMA event

Everyone has been cautiously optimistic about Bellator’s move to MTV2 – after all, it can’t get much worse than being pre-empted nearly every week by whatever baseball / hockey / soccer match happens to be going down somewhere in America. But when the league announced a move from Thursday to Saturday nights, people started to get a bit nervous. Saturday night is to MMA as Sunday afternoon is to football, and it meant Bellator would regularly be competing head to head against Strikeforce and UFC shows.

This includes a killer’s row of events like UFC 128, the UFC Fight Night with Tito vs Lil Nog, the UFC 129 supershow, the next Strikeforce heavyweight quarterfinals, and on and on. I likes me some Bellator, but it’s not difficult to imagine who’s going to win those battles for fanboy eyeballs. Fortunately, Bjorn Rebney says MTV2 didn’t overlook that little issue when scheduling them – they did it on purpose so they could catch some lead-in viewers:

“That’s part of the magic we have here,” Rebney said. “When I was sitting down with the MTV folks, they said, ‘Look, if there’s a big UFC event, if there’s a pay-per-view event, we’ll kick our show an hour or two earlier so that it can be an MMA night for fans.’ They can go from MTV2 to Spike TV or go from MTV2 to pay-per-view.

“You can make a night of it. Get some beers, grab a pizza, hang out with your buddies, and watch MMA for five hours instead of two and a half or three. It’s continuity and ultimately trying to serve the fan base I’m a member of and you’re a member of.”

Shows are gonna have to start hella early because even UFC Prelims are > Bellator. I might decide that on a case by case basis if I was just a fan watching sports, but as a blogger you’re just not allowed to ignore the UFC, even if it’s a choice between a shitty Stefan Struve vs Travis Browne prelim on Spike and an awesome judo showdown between Jim Wallhead vs Rick ‘the Olympian’ Hawn on Bellator. Still, this is a much better situation than going head to head with the actual events, and it’s not like MTV2 has much going on Saturday Nights anyways. I like Silent Library and all, but 5 hours of it?

  • frickshun

    This is fucking awful. I guarantee Rebney had NO SAY if he wanted to get in bed w/MTV2 (yuck). No chance I will start my MMA watching @ 8pm & watch til 1am every other fucking week. Why can’t these idiots fill the void left by WEC & run events on off days like Wednesday/Sunday? Better yet, hold onto that Thursday slot……

    Stupid MTV2 is just trying to see if they can pull ANY ratings in their extremely dead spots. When Bellator tanks on that channel, they’ll dump them way before the contract is up.

  • RaginAsian

    I’d watch it, depending on who was fighting. Eddie Alvarez easily gets my eyeballs over some Tier 2 TUFer, but you can’t pay me to watch another Ben Askren lay-n-pray fest. Especially since they’ll all be 5 round now.

  • Blackula Jonez

    damn, frick said it all for me.


    hopefully when they see the enormous difference between the weeks when bellator is competing with a UFC or Strikeforce card and when they are the only show of the day they will put them back on their midweek schedule.

    Why must there be so many hoops for free mma to happen.

  • Omomatta

    I agree with Frick……… they’re totally fucking with his Jersey Shore re-runs. Gotta get in that pre-fight fist pumpin’.

  • frickshun


  • Omomatta

    Wait………Ronnie’s the greasy tanned one, right?

  • agentsmith

    I’ve never watched that show, but even I know the only one worth looking at is J-Woww.

    Snookie looks like something that lives under a bridge and eats children.  I can’t even describe how much she disgusts me.

  • glassjawsh

    ^there is something about bitches with dragon tattoos that is almost begging me to swamp-log them

    edit: definition: swamp-logging; verb: fucking a bitch after going several days without showering, so your junk is swamped in its own man filth

    usage: after 3 weeks of hiking through the Adirondacks I used my last 47 dollars to buy a hotel room where i unmercifully swamp logged the first dime store slut that happened to wander in to my plane of vision

    the corollary to this is swamp box

  • FiveBoltMain

    I don’t see why you guys are bitching about more mma on Saturday nights. Instead of getting 3-4 hrs of mma, now we get 5-6 hrs. Sure, Bellator fighters are unknown/untested/scrubs, but shoot, I loves me mma!!

  • Omomatta

    ^I think it has to do with actually having things to do besides enjoying manga and dog shows.

  • frickshun

    I have nothing else going on……I just resent having to commit to 1 thing for so long.

    PS: Here’s me w/a fake Jerz Shore cast:

  • Omomatta

    Resent or regret?

  • frickshun

    Regrets are for bitches. I exclusively resent.

  • FiveBoltMain

    I don’t do manga or dog shows.

    frick, just come out of the closet already.