Combat sports fans are privy to six major televised mixed martial arts (MMA) events over the next month and a half, starting on Friday, March 9 and ending on Friday, April 13.
And not one of them belongs to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
That may come as a bit of a surprise, considering the aggressive campaign the world's largest fight promotion has mapped out for 2012, between its pay-per-view (PPV) schedule and FOX network deals. In fact, the only original content between now and UFC on FUEL TV 2 on April 14 is the debut of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 15 this Friday night.
Opportunity, she is a' knocking.
While the UFC goes into a self-imposed hibernation, Bellator kicks off its sixth season on Friday night, live via Spike.com and MTV2, featuring a couple of outstanding match-ups including Joe Warren vs. Pat Curran and Marlon Sandro vs. Roberto Vargas.
And that's just the beginning.
Here is the current Bellator season six schedule:
Bellator 64 (April 6)
Welterweight World Championship
Caesars Windsor in Ontario, Canada
Bellator 66 (April 20)
Aoki vs. Alvarez II
I-X Center in Cleveland, OH
Bellator 67 (May 4)
Casino Rama in Ontario, Canada
As always, "Bellator" Brian Hemminger will bring you the latest and greatest event coverage right here on MMAmania.com, including pre-fight interviews, predictions and analysis, as well as results, recaps and post-fight fallout.
It's a good way to get your feet wet before Bellator transitions to Spike TV in 2013.
Now that we've got some time off from the UFC, how many of you MMA maniacs will be tuning in to check out the sixth season of Bellator on MTV2?