Thursday in Hollywood, Fla., Bellator Fighting Championships kicks off its second season with an event at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Bolstered by a television deal for 2010 that includes 24 live prime time Thursday night broadcasts on Fox Sports Net, the upstart promotion, which also secured weekly highlight shows on NBC and Telemundo, is pushing its single-elimination-tournament format as a major selling point to fight fans.
Forget the politics of the fight game, says Bellator CEO and founder
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Competing across four weight divisions -- middleweight, welterweight, lightweight and featherweight -- fighters must win three times in 12 weeks to take the $100,000 prize, after which they'll earn title shots against the champions established in 2009.
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