Despite a current opening in the Spike TV programming, MMA fans shouldn’t expect to see Bellator Fighting Championships fill the void, according to CEO Bjorn Rebney.
“At this stage, the only group that we’re working with that are actually putting fights on with Bellator is MTV2, and they’ve been doing an amazing job,” Rebney said.
Media group Viacom owns both Spike TV and MTV2, and Rebney has worked with Spike TV before, but only as an advisor.
A move to Spike TV would boost the number of homes available to view Bellator, as Spike TV reaches 96 million homes while MTV2 gets out to 80.
“I don’t know if it will get more open now that they’re not focused on another mixed martial arts brand, but I’ve been really pleasantly surprised at how open they’ve been and willing to assist and to help us build things, helps us create things, give us concepts up to this point,” Rebney said.
Bellator will be live this weekend, as Bellator 48 takes place on Saturday from the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut, featuring the finals of the “Summer Series” featherweight tourney between Marlon Sandro and Pat Curran.
“Our job is to put on incredibly exciting fights, recruit world-class fighters, (and) constantly evolve the level of production,” Rebney said. “That’s ultimately going to dictate how successful we are going into season five and the next three years.”