Lost in the hoopla surrounding “UFC on FOX” is the fact Bellator is also holding a pretty big show of their own this Saturday.
The Viacom-backed company will host the finals of their Middleweight and Welterweight Tournaments on MTV2 at 9PM ET/PT, which goes head-on with the UFC’s primetime television debut. However, the Octagon’s event will air live across the nation and in some parts of the world.
“Bellator 57” will also offer up a free live stream of their preliminary bouts on Spike.com starting at 7PM ET/4PM PT. The UFC’s Facebook page will be doing the same with their prelims beginning at 4:45PM ET/1:45PM PT.
Former UFC star Ben Saunders (Pictured) headlines Bellator’s card against Douglas Lima. The winner not only pockets $100,000, but will also get next dibs at welterweight champ Ben Askren.
Clearly the UFC will attract many more eyeballs than their stateside counterparts, but Bellator is a decent Plan-B.
Here is the roster for Saturday’s other MMA event:
(Spike.com 7PM ET/4PM PT)
Shawn Levesque vs. Matt Van Buren
Mike Sledzion vs. Taylor Solomon
Eric Moon vs. Josh Shockley
Chuck Mady vs. Denis Puric
Alexandre Bezerra vs. Doug Evans
(MTV2 9PM ET/PT)
Chris Horodecki vs. Mike Corey
John Hawk vs. Roger Hollett
Middleweight Tournament Finals:
Alexander Shlemenko vs. Vitor Vianna
Welterweight Tournament Finals:
Ben Saunders vs. Douglas Lima