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Bellator Bantamweight Tournament Season 5 Adds Six Fighters

Written on May 09, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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After last Sunday's welterweight tourney, Bellator is gearing for its next season's bantamweight event.

After last Saturday’s welterweight match, Bellator officials confirmed that six fighters are now set for the next season’s eight-man bantamweight tournament. The promotion’s fifth season will feature Chase Beebe, Eduardo Dantas, Marcos Galvao, Luis Nogueira, Joe Warren and Ed West.

MMA fans can expect a number of interesting rematches during the event. Last April 16, Joe Warren emerged victorious over Marcos Galvao, while Luis Nogueria loss against Eduardo Dantas via armbar. Chase Beebe, on the other hand, was defeated by Joe Warren at DREAM’s 139-pound grand prix last March 2009.

No date for the bantamweight tournament has been officially announced, though MTV2 is expected to air the match starting September.

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Jay Hieron Takes the Bellator Welterweight Title

Written on May 09, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Jay Hieron improved his MMA record to 22-4 after beating Rick Hawn at last Saturday's Bellator Season 4 Welterweight Tournament.

Last Saturday night, Jay Hieron won via split decision against Rick Hawn and took home the Bellator Season 4 Welterweight title. Two judges scored 29-28 in favor of the former, and credited his training for getting in to the kind of shape he needed to win in the promotion’s eight-man welterweight tournament.

His MMA record improved to 22-4 and is now carrying a ten-fight winning streak. In addition to this, Jay Hieron is now tagged as the number one contender versus Ben Askren at the Bellator Welterweight Championship.

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Bellator TV Ratings Rebound

Written on April 27, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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After last Saturday's Bellator 42 took place, the promotion's TV ratings on MTV 2 rebounded for more than 50%.

Albeit enjoying a consistent television presence for the first time, Bellator Fighting Championships is still struggling to find constant audience on MTV2. According to MTV officials, Bellator 42 – which took place last Saturday night – drew an average audience of 199,000. That is more than half of the viewers that Bellator 41 got.

As Bellator Fighting Championships aim to differentiate its organization from UFC, the promotion operates in a tournament format. And although they tend to assemble a pool of talented fighters, they do not have the star power or brand recognition of UFC. However, Bellator’s TV ratings have been a boost to MTV2’s Saturday night ranking. More over, their premier telecast gave the network its highest ratings in the key advertiser demographic of men 18-49 and 25-34 for the past couple of months.

Will Bellator become the next biggest MMA promotion before the year ends? Let your insights be heard by leaving a comment.

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