Spike TV parent company buys Bellator Fighting Championships

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Viacom, the parent company of Spike TV, has purchased Bellator Fighting Championships according to MMAFighting.com. According to the article, the plan is to keep Bellator on MTV2--where it currently airs--through next year, and then move the show to Spike once the non-compete clause with UFC ends.

Shore's Slant: For clarity, I'm not sure if you would call the deal where Spike can show UFC re-runs, and nothing else, for a year a non-compete clause or not, but it is essentially the same thing. The plan to move Bellator to Spike is good news for TNA as if Viacom had bought it and decided to put it somewhere else, it could have signaled a radical change in programming for the channel.
 

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