Bellator Season 9 to Air on Friday Nights Following One-Off Saturday Premiere Sept. 7
By: Mike Whitman Jun 11, 2013
will return to Friday nights in Season 9.
Spike TV President Kevin Kay this week announced the news to
SI.com. The move will follow a
Saturday premiere on Sept.
7, which will coincide with the live finale of Bellator’s new
reality show, “Fight Master.” Season 9 will then regularly appear
on Spike beginning Friday,
Sept. 13, at 9 p.m. ET.
Bellator will air on Wednesday nights during the organization’s
upcoming trio of Summer Series events, the first of which takes
place June 19 at Winstar World Casino in Thackerville, Okla., and
showcases two former Strikeforce champions, as Muhammed
Lawal and Renato Sobral
square off with Seth
Petruzelli and Jacob Noe,
respectively, in the first round of Bellator’s four-man light
Bellator debuted on Spike TV earlier this year, averaging nearly
800,000 viewers during its 11-event run on Thursday nights -- by
far the greatest viewership the promotion has enjoyed since its
inception in 2009. The Viacom-owned promotion previously aired on
MTV2 on Friday nights, averaging 155,000 and 162,000 viewers in
Seasons 6 and 7, respectively.