What could possibly be better than watching a freebie MMA fight card? How about seeing it for $FREE.99 in crystal clear high-definition? On Tuesday, Bellator Fighting Championships announced EPIX will simulcast MTV2’s coverage of Bellator Season 5 in HD, starting with their September 10th show in New Jersey.
“This is the perfect time and the perfect channel to introduce Bellator in high-definition,” said Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney. “EPIX has fantastic programming, tremendous reach and I always find a great movie on their channel. I look forward to continuing our relationship with MTV2 and our new partnership with EPIX to bring the magic of HD to Bellator fans nationwide.”
MTV2 will televise the upcoming 12-week season, which will showcase single elimination welterweight, middleweight, bantamweight and heavyweight tournaments.
Bellator’s 5th Season premieres with Bellator 49 at 9PM ET/PT from Caesar’s in Atlantic City. The show features four quarterfinal welterweight tourney bouts.
EPIX is currently available on Dish Network (Channel 380) and Verizon FiOS (Channel 895). Unfortunately, the Viacom-owned premium cable channel is not carried on DirecTV.
Here are the athletes that will appear in Bellator’s HD debut:
Kenny Foster vs. Andy Main
Giedrius Karavackas vs. LeVon Maynard
Azunna Anyanwu vs. J.A. Dudley
Joel Roberts vs. Brylan Van Artsdalen
Alexandre “Popo” Bezerra vs. Scott Heckman
Welterweight Tournament Quarterfinals (1stRound):
Douglas Lima vs. Steve Carl
Brent Weedman vs. Chris Lozano
Dan Hornbuckle vs. Luis Santos
Ben Saunders vs. Chris Cisneros