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Beginning In 2013, Bellator To Hold Three-Hour Cards On Spike TV

Bjorn Rebney continues to push Bellator Fighting Championship into the mainstream media, as his MMA promotion will move from MTV2 to Spike TV beginning in 2013.

Rebney, the CEO for Bellator, told USA Today in a recent interview that the cards put on by his promotion will expand from two to three hours beginning next year. Rebney also added that an extra tournament – making it six now a year – will be held thanks to the addition of an extra hour.

It’ll eliminate the need for the superfight because we’re going to be able to get six tournaments running simultaneously per season. You’ll get that consistent repetition of having a No. 1 challenger earn the right to fight our champion. I will load the barrel in order for us to do title fight after title fight after title fight.

Rebney talked earlier this week about not going away from the tournament-style of Bellator, despite the problems it has created in the heavyweight division. By already talking about adding a sixth tournament next year, it would seem he is holding true to his word.

While Bellator’s tournament-style of determining a No. 1 contender may not always make for the most interesting match up, it does give a different feel to the sport than the UFC.

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