POLL: Are YOU a True MMA Fan?

sal costelloContributor IMarch 16, 2010

LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 21: Brian Foster (L) battles Brock Larson (R) during their Welterweight Fight at the UFC 106 at Mandalay Bay Events Center on November 21, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
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Bellator has something brand new for true fans of MMA. Weekly Live Tournaments.

Years ago Pride found success with holding annual tournaments in an effort to find the very best fighter of that year. Thanks to a series of action-packed tournament fights by some of the world's top fighters last year, Bellator became an overnight sensation. Sports Illustrated called Bellator "MMA's success story of the year" while ESPN.com raved that Bellator "offered up some of the most electric moments of the year."

Bellator Season 2, which debuts on Apr. 8, 2010, will feature eight-man tournaments in four divisions:

      Featherweight (145 lbs.)

      Lightweight (155 lbs.)

      Welterweight (170 lbs.)

      Middleweight (185 lbs.)

Winners in each division will be declared the No. 1 contender to fight each of Bellator's Season 1 champions:

      Joe Soto (8-0) (featherweight)

      Eddie Alvarez (19-2) (lightweight)

      Lyman Good (10-0) (welterweight)

      Hector Lombard (24-2-1) (middleweight)

Talented fighters are choosing Bellator over the UFC and Strikeforce in droves to gain control of thier carreers. Sherdog tells the story best.

Season 2 fights will be conducted over 12 consecutive weeks and will be available in virtually every home in the U.S. thanks to one of the largest TV distribution alliances in MMA history. Under this landscape-altering deal, each Bellator event will be distributed LIVE in prime time on Thursday nights on FOX Sports Net and its regional sports network affiliates. The top moments from each week's live events will then be condensed into an action-packed 30-minute highlight show, broadcast every Saturday night, late night, on NBC. A one-hour highlight show will air in Spanish on Telemundo every Saturday night from midnight to 1 a.m.

Check your local listings for times. Bellator Season 3-which begins Aug. 12, 2010-will also be televised at the same times on each of these networks.