Did you wonder what happened to “Bellator VIII?”

If you wondered why you have not heard anything about “Bellator VIII,” well it is because there is not an actual event named “Bellator VIII.” Instead, “Bellator VIII: The Road to the Championship” will be a television program airing on ESPN Deportes on Saturday May 23, 2009.

The show will highlight the remaining tournament fighters and their journey to the Bellator Featherweight, Lightweight, Welterweight and Middleweight world championship fights. It will set the stage for the lone remaining semi-final bouts and all three world championship matchups and will showcase the spectacular action that led to the final showdowns of Bellator’s first tournament season.

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Eddie Alvarez & Toby Imada win in semi-finals, “Pee-Wee” also victorious at “Bellator V”

Eddie Alvarez defeats Eric Reynolds at "Bellator V"

“Bellator V” is in the books after a stacked card entertained fans at Hara Arena in Dayton, Ohio tonight. It was the semi-final round of Bellator Fighting Championshiips’ Lightweight Tournament and Eddie Alvarez and Toby Imada both won by submission in round three, not only collecting a cool $50,000 in the process, but now they go to the finals for a chance to earn the $100,000 grand prize.

In non-tournament bouts, Nashville MMA’s resident top heavyweight prospect Dave Herman destroyed his opponent Eric Reynolds via a flying knee that put him on the canvas and finished it up with punches causing the referee to stop the action at 4:46 of round 1.

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Bellator III & IV results

Hector Lombard knocked out Virgil Lazano in round 1 at "Bellator III"

The Bellator Fighting Championship 2009 season consists of twelve weekly events, however, week three combined two events, “Bellator III” and “Bellator IV” because the promotion will be taking next week off.

“Bellator III” will air on ESPN Deportes on April 18th – 9:00PM EST and “Bellator IV” will air on ESPN Deportes on April 25th – 9:00PM EST.

The weekly tournament series will pick back up with “Bellator V” at Hara Arena in Dayton, Ohio on May 1st and will air on ESPN Deportes on May 2nd – 9:00PM EST.

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Bellator III weigh-in results

Dave Menne will fight Norman Paraisy at Bellator III

PRO MMA (promma.info) has received from the promotion the official weigh-in results for “Bellator III” which were held today.

All but one of the fighters successfully made weight. Donald Sanchez came in at one pound over the 146 lbs. limit for his Featherweight non-tournament bout with Johnny Eduardo.

The third week of the Bellator Fighting Championships inaugural 2009 season takes place tomorrow, Friday, April 17th, 2009 at the Lloyd Noble Arena at the University of Oklahoma beginning at 8:00PM. The event will air the following day on ESPN Deportes.

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Bellator IV comes to Colorado Springs on April 24th

Bellator I takes place in Hollywood, FL. on April 3rd, Bellator II, takes place in Uncasville, CT on April 10th, Bellator III is in Oklahoma on April 17th, and PRO MMA (promma.info) learned today from Bellator management, that Bellator IV will take place at the World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colorado on April 24, 2009.

Bellator Fighting Championships features an MMA tournament series that will air on ESPN Deportes each Saturday night from 9-11pm ET/6-8pm PT for twelve straight weeks beginning April 4th. The nationally televised events will feature a combination of tournament and non-tournament special feature bouts.

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Ford Signs Exclusive Marketing Program with Bellator Fighting Championships and ESPN Deportes

PRO MMA (promma.info) obtained the following information today concerning Ford Motor Company and their first-ever MMA alliance as they have reached and exclusive sponsorship agreement with Bellator Fighting Championships and ESPN Deportes. Ford’s involvement in MMA should be seen as a milestone in the sport’s progress toward mainstream acceptance.

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Bellator Fighting Championship announces first two exclusive fighters

Hector Lombard

Bellator Fighting Championships is the first MMA organization to secure a TV deal with any member of the ESPN family of networks.

Beginning in April, Bellator will showcase their MMA fighters in a tournament format. The best will fight the best each week to determine who rises to the top and becomes Champion, and who collects the largest purses. And all of this will be available on free TV through ESPN Deportes.

Bellator has announced they signed American Top Team’s Hector Lombard, a former Olympic Judo competitor and Cuban national champion, to an exclusive fight contract. At 185 pounds, Hector has amassed a highly respectable record of 17-2-1 with his only losses coming by way of decision to Akihiro Gono and Gegard Mousasi in the PRIDE organization.

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New Mixed Martial Arts League, Led by Industry Veterans, Enters Billion-Dollar Industry

LOS ANGELES, Nov 19, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Bellator Fighting Championships, a new mixed martial arts (MMA) league, officially launched operations today, marking the entry of a new player in the billion-dollar MMA industry. To air on ESPN Deportes beginning April 2009, Bellator’s first-of-its-kind business model is a significant step forward for the fight industry, as the only nationally televised league to apply an objective format to crowning champions and awarding purses today.

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