Newport Beach, Calif. (May 1, 2014) – As Bellator prepares for its epic May 17th pay-per-view, Spike TV will premiere four compelling specials to compliment the greatest trilogy in MMA as Bellator Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez battles Michael Chandler, as well as the Light Heavyweight Tournament Final between MMA superstar Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and King Mo.
Premiering on Thursday, May 5th, “Countdown To Alvarez vs. Chandler III” will give fans an in-depth analysis of the main and co-main event fighters’ personal story, training camps, and lifestyles as they prepare for the biggest fights of their careers.
The link to “Countdown To Alvarez vs Chandler III can be found here: http://www.spike.com/episodes/250ceh/bellator-mma-countdown-to-alvarez-vs-chandler-iii-season-13-ep-1011b
“Unfinished Business: Alvarez vs. Chandler III” will premiere on Wednesday, May 14th and will feature a closer look at the greatest trilogy in MMA as both fighters look to join the ranks of fighting legends like Ali/Frazier & Gatti/Ward.
The link to “Unfinished Business: Alvarez vs. Chandler III” can be found here: http://www.spike.com/episodes/s1bw7e/bellator-mma-unfinished-business-alvarez-vs-chandler-iii-season-13-ep-1011c
Former Bellator Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler will be featured in the latest edition of “Bellator Unrivaled” as Spike will gives fans a look at Chandler’s meteoric rise to become champion, his recent controversial setback and the current journey to get back the belt in his upcoming trilogy fight with Alvarez. “Bellator Unrivaled: Michael Chandler” will premiere on Friday, May 16th.
The link to “Bellator Unrivaled: Michael Chandler” can be found here: http://www.spike.com/episodes/ymhd1t/bellator-mma-unrivaled-michael-chandler-season-1-ep-104
Fans will also get a closer look at one of the greatest rivalries in MMA as Spike premiers “Rampage vs. Mo: Winner Takes All” on Tuesday, May 13th. Two of the greatest light heavyweights in the sport break down the fight with fireworks along the way.
The full schedule for Bellator’s shoulder programing lineup can be found below. All times are EST/PST and will air on Spike TV.
Countdown to Alvarez vs. Chandler III
Rampage vs Mo Winner Takes All
Unfinished Business: Alvarez-Chandler III
Unrivaled: Michael Chandler
5/16 – 11pm
For more information, visit Bellator.com, follow Bellator on Twitter @BellatorMMA, follow Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney @BjornRebney and check out Bellator on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BellatorMMA
About Bellator MMA
Bellator MMA is the world’s largest tournament based Mixed Martial Arts organization. Televised to nearly 500 Million homes worldwide in over 140 countries, Bellator’s majority owner is entertainment giant Viacom. In the United States, Bellator can be seen on Spike TV, the MMA television leader. With over 175 world-class athletes under contract, Bellator is home to many of the sport’s top mixed martial artists. Bellator’s founder & CEO, Bjorn Rebney, is an experienced fighting sports and entertainment executive with a deep commitment to the purity and integrity of the sport of MMA and its athletes. Bellator’s core philosophy is that title shots should be earned, not given. This belief gave rise to Bellator’s real sport, tournament-based format, which gives Bellator’s tournaments a true playoff feel that keeps the sport true and distances itself from the subjective side of fighting sports found in organizations that utilize a matchmaking/casting formula. Bellator MMA is comprised of an executive team that includes top industry professionals in television production, live event orchestration, fighter development/relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations. Bellator is based in Newport Beach, California.
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