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 CagePotato.com 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.