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Bellator 81 Headed to Rhode Island on November 16

Ariel Shnerer / August 31, 2012 - 2:05pm

Bellator Fighting Championships will invade Rhode Island for the very first time on November 16 as Bellator 81 will emanate from The University of Rhode Island's Ryan Center.

The fight card will air live on MTV2.

Full press release below:

Newport Beach, Cali. (August 31, 2012) — Bellator Fighting Championships will make its “Ocean State” debut as the promotion travels to Rhode Island on November 16 for Bellator 81, LIVE on MTV2, in Spanish language on mun2 and in commercial free HD on EPIX from The University of Rhode Island’s Ryan Center.

Tickets for Bellator 81 will be on sale beginning September 7 and start as low as $30 for the general public and $20 for The University of Rhode Island students with student ID. Tickets will be available at www.ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 1.800.745.3000, or at the Ryan Center Box Office.

“The Ryan Center is an incredible arena that should play host to a great night of fights,” said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. “The Northeast has always treated Bellator well, and I’m excited for the opportunity to bring Bellator to Rhode Island on November 16.”

Bellator’s highly anticipated seventh season will feature tournaments in the featherweight, lightweight, welterweight and heavyweight divisions, along with a host of feature fights sure to get fans on their feet. Starting in January, Bellator will air on MMA television leader, Spike TV in over 100 million homes nationwide.

For more information, visit Bellator.com, follow Bellator on Twitter @BellatorMMA, follow Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney @BjornRebney and check out Bellator on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Bellator

About Bellator Fighting Championships

Bellator Fighting Championships is the world’s largest tournament based Mixed Martial Arts organization. Televised to nearly 500 Million homes worldwide, Bellator’s majority owner is entertainment giant Viacom.  In the United States, Bellator can be seen on MTV2, in commercial-free HD on EPIX.  Starting in January of 2013 Bellator will be broadcast on MMA television leader, Spike TV. With over 150 world-class athletes under contract, Bellator is home to many of the sport’s top athletes. Bellator’s founder &CEO, Bjorn Rebney, an experienced fighting sports and entertainment executive with a deep commitment to the purity and integrity of the sport of MMA and its athletes, believed that title shots should be earned, not given. This belief gave rise to Bellator’s real sport, tournament-based format, which gives Bellator’s tournaments a true playoff feel that keeps the sport true and distances itself from the political/subjective side of fighting sports.  Bellator Fighting Championships’ executive team is comprised of top industry professionals in television production, live event orchestration, fighter development/relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations.  Bellator is based in Southern, California.

About MTV2

Available in approximately 80 million homes MTV2 is man's best friend. Since its launch in 1996, the network has reflected the subversive interests and behaviors of young men with a compelling and diverse programming line-up inspired by ordinary guys who do extraordinary things. MTV2 is part of Viacom Media Networks, one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. For more information, go to www.mtvpress.com or follow us on Twitter @MTVPress.

About The Ryan Center

Global Spectrum (global-spectrum.com) manages the Ryan Center and Boss Ice Arena, as well as nearly 100 other public assembly facilities around the world. Nearly 20-million people attended more than 11,000 events in Global Spectrum venues last year. Based in Philadelphia, PA, Global Spectrum is part of Comcast-Spectacor, one of the world’s largest sports and entertainment companies. Comcast-Spectacor also owns the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League, the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association, Ovations Food Services, a food and beverage services provider, New Era Tickets, a full-service ticketing and marketing product for public assembly facilities, Paciolan, the leading provider of venue establishment ticketing, fundraising and marketing technology solutions, Front Row Marketing Services, a commercial rights sales company, and Flyers Skate Zone, a series of community ice skating rinks. In a partnership with Disson Skating, Comcast-Spectacor annually produces eight nationally televised figure skating spectaculars on NBC-TV.

About EPIX

EPIX, a joint venture between Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B), its Paramount Pictures unit, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), is a next-generation premium entertainment channel, video-on-demand and online service launched on October 30, 2009. With access to more than 15,000 motion pictures spanning the vast libraries of its partners and other studios, EPIX provides a powerful entertainment experience with more feature films on demand and online and more HD movies than any other service. It is the only premium service providing its entire monthly line-up of new Hollywood titles, classic feature films, original series, music and comedy specials through the linear channel, video-on-demand and online at EpixHD.com, the leading online destination for movies.

EPIX has made the commitment to deliver the industry's most expansive online collection of movies, making more than 3,000 titles available on EpixHD.com. The service is available to over 30 million homes nationwide through distribution partners including Charter Communications, Cox Communications, DISH Network, Mediacom Communications, NCTC, Suddenlink Communications and Verizon FiOS.

About mun2

mun2 is the leading Hispanic cable network for young millennial adults 18-34.  From reality to music, on-air to digital, mun2 creates original content that resonates across a multi-screen platform.  Young, vibrant and unabashedly Latino, mun2 has a distribution to over 38 million households. The network is part of Telemundo Media, a division of NBCUniversal.

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