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Madison Square Garden Jumps Into MMA With Bellator Fighting Championships

MMA is not yet sanctioned in New York, but that doesn’t mean Madison Square Garden has to wait to get their feet wet either. Bellator has just announced that MSG will help bring four nationally televised events to Boston and Chicago.

The Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre and the Chicago Theater have been targeted as the venues for the shows in which MSG will help co-promote for Bellator.

According to the company presser, here’s how things will work for the upcoming seasons of Bellator Fighting Championships:

Each of Bellator’s 24 fights during Seasons 2 and 3 will be distributed live in primetime on Thursday nights on FOX Sports Net and its regional sports network affiliates. The top moments from each week’s live events will then be condensed into an action-packed 30-minute highlight show, broadcast every Saturday night, late night, on NBC. A one-hour highlight show will air in Spanish on Telemundo every Saturday night from midnight to 1 a.m.

As for the four events that MSG will co-promote, here are the official dates given from the announcement:

April 15, 2010 – Bellator XIV – The Chicago Theatre
May 6, 2010 – Bellator XVII – Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre Boston
August 19, 2010 – Bellator XXVI – The Chicago Theatre
October 21, 2010 – Bellator XXXV – Site To Be Announced (Boston or Chicago)