By JOHN SPECHT
MMANEWS.com Staff Writer
Founded in 2008 by Bjorn Rebney & Brad Epstein, Bellator Fighting Championships has established itself as a legitimate Mixed Martial Arts promotion in the ever growing landscape of up and coming MMA shows. Using the popular eight man tournament format, Bellator has a short history of providing fight fans with quality cards and fights. The first Bellator event was held April 3rd, 2009 in Hollywood, FL featuring one of the most exciting fighters out there, Eddie Alvarez.
Bellator (latin for warrior), has built up a respectable stable of fighters including the likes Roger Huerta, Eddie Alvarez, Hector Lombard, and Bao Quach. These are all fighters that could compete in the UFC today, and in some cases they have. Roger Huerta joined Bellator, and he should be a great fit for the excitement of the tournament style elimination and the quest of Bellator to build a huge Latino fan base and following. Fueling this growth, Bellator broadcasts its fights nationally in the United States through an exclusive television agreement with ESPN Deportes.
Following the success of the WEC, Bellator focuses on the lighter weight classes of featherweight, lightweight, welterweight, and middleweight, although they have hosted events for the light heavyweight and heavyweight classes. Anybody that follows combat sports, knows that the lighter weights usually mean more exciting, faster paced fights, which is what fans have been witness to when it comes to Bellator. This is why a second season began on April 8, 2010 and is now broadcasting also on NBC, FOX Sports Net, and Telemundo, and already has season 3 booked and ready to go.