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Bellator Planning 2011 Canadian Invasion

Propelled by the impressive viewership of his promotion’s first three events of season four on MTV2, Bellator Fighting Championships CEO Bjorn Rebney revealed to yesterday that plans are currently underway to take his show on the road to Canada some time before the end of 2011.

“Earlier today I had a 45-minute conversation with the group that we work with who distribute Bellator programming up in Canada, The Score, about a collection of different venues, sites and dates that we’re going after to try to bring Bellator Fighting Championships to some time in the near future,” Rebney says.

According to Rebney, the decision to hold live events north of the border was an easy one to make, it was just a matter of assembling the right team to look after the logistics of executing such an ambitious endeavor to make sure that all of the necessary arrangements are made to ensure that regular stops in Canada can be made each season.

“We’re live on MTV2 in the United States, we’re in I over 35 countries around the world and we intend to be, and are confident that we will be in Canada shortly — conceivably as early as fall of 2011,” Rebney estimates. “We have a lot of really great people we’re working with up in Canada to bring not just one show, but a whole collection of shows to north of the United States.”

Rebney did not mention which Canadian provinces or cities Bellator is eyeing, but it’s likely that Ontario and Quebec — the country’s two biggest MMA markets — are at the top of the list.

Bellator’s current season, which features tournament brackets in the featherweight, lightweight, welterweight and light heavyweight divisions comes to a close on May 21, so it’s plausible that if all goes well, Canadian fans will be able to catch at least one live event from the Great Fight North during season five.

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Ballkick- March 23, 2011 at 9:52 pm
Pamela Anderson is Canadian, and she is great at banging, Took on Tommy Lee, and Fucked him up, took on Kid Rock,....and fucked him over, Banger from Canada EVA!

Never mind
bitteralex- March 23, 2011 at 5:53 pm
Man I hope they come to Edmonton.. it's probably a long shot but i'd be there... I'd even drive down to calgary to watch a bellator show...

Mark Hominick is Canadian and he's pretty good I'd have to say
LOKI- March 23, 2011 at 1:17 pm
Wait I just noticed the ploom on the Bellator mascot's helmet is shop'd to look like a maple leaf,thats pretty clever!
ReX13- March 23, 2011 at 1:07 pm
agentsmith >> i'm really more impressed with North's finishing ability.
Stak40- March 23, 2011 at 1:03 pm
EFB you make sense. I think the amount of shows that happen here probably has a little to do with that though. If the US was only getting the same amount of shows in the US each year people may be more inclined to travel to see one. Hell i really dont keep track but are there not only two places that they have shows in Canada, at least at the UFC level? And yes dudes robot was pretty dope.
agentsmith- March 23, 2011 at 1:01 pm
Stak40's right, there's plenty of Canucks who can bang... like Peter North, for example.
El Famous Burrito- March 23, 2011 at 12:54 pm
Shit, even Brazilian superstars have a hard time selling out stadiums here. The only American with the same amount of draw is Brock Lesnar.
Stak40- March 23, 2011 at 12:50 pm
OKOK guys i know there are Canandians who can bang and maybe its because i dont live in Canada but GSP seems to be a Canadian Superhero arguably even in the US. With him out the game who replaces him. My logic can definitely be flawed but i figure everybody likes to watch a good fight regardless of race, nationality, sex or religion but i also find myself as an American going for Americans, when all things are equal. The US has plenty of MMA superstars as does Brazil but Canada? Nevermind. Maybe this shit only makes sense in my head.
El Famous Burrito- March 23, 2011 at 12:46 pm
I don't know, but he does a pretty sweet robot dance.
Dog Dicks Magoo- March 23, 2011 at 12:46 pm
@Stak40 Kalib Starnes. Dude can run and gun I heard.
Stak40- March 23, 2011 at 12:45 pm
Yes but can he fill stadiums and break records headlining and event?
El Famous Burrito- March 23, 2011 at 12:44 pm
That Big Deal guy...Brian Gummo.
Stak40- March 23, 2011 at 12:26 pm
I am really not trying to be an asshole, seriously i'm not, but if GSP were to retire today who else does Canada got that is worth a shit?

I only ask because MMA is huge in Cananda and i would have to say largely but not exclusively because of GSP but after that who really is there?

Am i forgetting someone?
ReX13- March 23, 2011 at 12:24 pm
LOKI >> i am disappoint
LOKI- March 23, 2011 at 12:18 pm
I cant bring myself to care enough about Bellator or canadia to type anything funny. Sorry.
jimbonics- March 23, 2011 at 12:02 pm
EFB cheats.
And ReX, you're nuts if you think Russ would've given you a Canadian-eh exclusive.
El Famous Burrito- March 23, 2011 at 11:48 am
You know what this means....Bellator Fan Expo!
And you guys can tell Dana and Arianny to not bother showing up.
agentsmith- March 23, 2011 at 11:45 am
I'll probably go if it comes to Toronto. The last few shows had some solid scraps.
kangerpang- March 23, 2011 at 11:42 am
How bout' Calgary?
ReX13- March 23, 2011 at 11:41 am
Hey Mike, give Bjorn my number. i know you're probably crazy busy with the kids and the dog and the wife and the doing CP reporting on stuff.
Just trying to help, yo.
kellyman- March 23, 2011 at 11:29 am
I'd definitely be the first to buy tickets to a Toronto Bellator event. A pair of front row seats would be cheaper than one half-decent seat at UFC 129.