Watch Bellator Fighting Championships
- 11 Seasons
Declaring itself as "The Toughest Tournament in Sports" in both live and free TV show, Bellator Fighting Championships is the second largest mixed martial arts promotion TV show in the United States, and the biggest tournament-based mixed martial arts entertainment in the world. Initially funded by now-defunct Plainfield Asset Management, BFC was founded by Bjorn Rebney, who is now the Chairman and CEO of BFC. In order to fund BFC, now one of the biggest mixed martial arts events, he had total of 62 investor meetings until he met Plainfield personals. Other key personals of BFC are Tim Danaher as the BFC president, and Sam Caplan, who was a sports columnist in CBS interactive, as the VP Talent Relation. Currently, BFC has seven divisions for men based on weight class: Bantamweight (135 lb), Featherweight (145 lb), Lightweight (155 lb), Welterweight (170 lb), Middleweight (185 lb), Light Heavyweight (205 lb), Heavyweight (265 lb), and also Catchweight which is non-traditional weight class. BFC also has divisions for women which is called "Women's Bouts", also based on weight class: 115 lb, 125 lb, 135 lb, 145 lb. It should be noted that all seven divisions do not take their places on each season. At most 5 out of 7 divisions are held by BFC at each season. In each season which lasts 3 months, BFC holds "Bellator" for featuring main/full card as both preliminary and main tournaments. After it is finished and ranking is decided, it holds semi/final championship events. Finally when everything is over, a new winner of each championship has a chance to dethrone the current Bellator Champion in his respective weight class. Sometimes, the current Bellator Champion fought non-tournament, non-title catchweight fights called "Super Fights" for both show and helping the champions to prepare for their new challengers. Previously aired by FOX Sports and MTV2, BFC is now aired by Spike TV on every Thursday for regular events, and on Saturday/Sunday at the end of the season for semi/final championships.