Bellator FC recently announced a new television deal with Fox Sports Net, NBC and Telemundo, which will begin airing in April 2010, but the organization has yet to finalize its broadcasting team.
Jon Anik, the host of ESPN.com's MMA Live and the English play-by-play man for the first season of Bellator FC action, told FanHouse on Tuesday that despite the fact that the events will be airing live Thursdays on FSN, which is the same day MMA Live currently tapes its weekly show, he was "confident" he will return to call the action once again.
"Obviously, there is a potential conflict with MMA Live on Thursdays but a conflict that I think can be resolved," Anik wrote via e-mail. "I'm just thrilled this was able to come together for Bjorn and Bellator because I know how hard he and his team worked to get it done."
Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney told FanHouse's Michael David Smith on Tuesday that he wants to bring back the same English announce team as last season, which included Jason Chambers as color analyst.
"I was very pleased working with Jon Anik and Jason Chambers calling our fights last year and I hope we'll have them both back next year. We're pretty confident we'll be able to keep both of our announcing teams, English and Spanish, intact," Rebney said.
Rebney also said that the organization will be sticking with the tournament format for season. Last season, Bellator crowned Joe Soto (featherweight), Eddie Alvarez (lightweight), Lyman Good (welterweight) and Hector Lombard (middleweight) as their inaugural champions.