Bellator MMA held its final fight of 2013 last Friday night at the Sands Event Center in Pennsylvania and the organization is now planning out the calendar for 2014.
The organization has held 25 events over the past couple of years and that will continue in 2014 according to Bellator MMA Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney.
“We will do 25 in 2014 and that is the plan moving ahead,” Rebney told TheMMAReport.com. “When the ratings deliver for you and your averages are as high as our averages have been, in terms of comparing of the other organization out there. It speaks to the issue that the format is working and that its in the right place. There is always improvements that you have to make from television, recruiting, etcetera. I think the 25 events is working.”
Bellator has held 25 events over the past three years and those events have been spread out over the winter, summer, and fall seasons. Rebney feels that 25 is the correct number and many mixed martial arts fans may be glad to hear that the number two promotion in the United States is not adding events to their calendar. UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta recently mentioned that the UFC could be doing 46-54 events in 2014, with most of the new events taking place internationally.
The next season of Bellator will be season ten and an exact start date has not been determined at this time. Rebney stated that they are looking at starting the next season in February and running through the beginning of May. Bellator will continue to be on Friday nights and will air from 9 p.m. ET to 11 p.m. ET on Spike TV.