Programming alert: Bellator 49 season five preview show airs Sept. 7-10 on MTV2

CHICAGO, Ill. (September 7, 2011) - Before Bellator Fighting Championships kicks off its talent-laden fifth season this Saturday at 9 p.m. EST, MTV2 and are airing a Season 5 preview special that gives an in-depth look at the promotion's upcoming welterweight, middleweight, bantamweight and heavyweight tournaments and uncovers the stories behind these world-class athletes competing for their shot at the title.

The preview special is scheduled to air three times on MTV2 before Saturday's season opener from Caesars in Atlantic City, N.J.:

Wednesday, September 07- 2:30 p.m. EST on MTV2
Friday, September 09- 2:30 a.m. EST on MTV2
Saturday, September 10- 8:30 p.m. EST on MTV2

The Season 5 preview show can also be viewed on, which will also stream LIVE undercard fights throughout the 12-week season.

Bellator's fifth season will feature tournaments in the welterweight, middleweight, bantamweight and heavyweight divisions, a number of championship fights and a host of special feature fights. The full list of tournament matchups can be found below.

Welterweights (Sept. 10 - Caesar's / Atlantic City, N.J.)

Douglas Lima vs. Steve Carl

Dan Hornbuckle vs. Luis Santos

Ben Saunders vs. Chris Cisneros

Brent Weedman vs. Chris Lozano

Middleweights (Sept. 17 - Seminole Hard Rock / Hollywood, Fla)

Bryan Baker vs. Jared Hess

Alexander Shlemenko vs. Zelg Galesic

Vitor Vianna vs. Sam Alvey

Brian Rogers vs. Victor O'Donnell

Bantamweights (Sept. 24 - Canton Civic Center / Canton, Ohio)

Joe Warren vs. Alexis Vila

Eduardo Dantas vs. Wilson Reis

Ed West vs. Luiz Nogueira

Marcos Galvao vs. Chase Beebe

Heavyweights (Oct. 1 - L'Auberge du Lac / Lake Charles, La.)

Mark Holata vs. Ron Sparks

Neil Grove vs. Mike Hayes

Blagoi Ivanov vs. Thiago Santos

Eric Prindle vs. Abe Wagner

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