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Bellator MMA comes to Brooklyn

Construction workers outside Barclays Center in Brooklyn. (September

Construction workers outside Barclays Center in Brooklyn. (September 19, 2012) Credit: Agaton Strom

First, the Nets, then the Islanders. Next up: Bellator MMA.

Bellator, the No. 2 MMA promotion, takes its turn being a part of Brooklyn's new Barclays Center.

For five Brooklyn Nets games in the next 32 days, Spike TV and Bellator will set up shop at the new arena with open workouts, meet and greets, and games.

Bellator featherweight champion Pat Curran will do the first session this Saturday, Jan. 5, when the Nets host the Sacramento Kings.

Thirty minutes before opening tip, you can watch the open workout with Curran and trainer Eric Hyer (from Ray Longo MMA in Garden City), and again during halftime. Fans can also get autographs before and after the session.

If you're feeling really tough, you can play along with Bellator punch meter to test how powerful your punch is. Nightly winners get two free tickets to the Nets' game on Feb. 5 against Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers. The strongest male and female punchers from the five-night event also get two free tickets to a Bellator show in Atlantic City.

Dates, fighters and Nets' opponents

Jan. 5: Pat Curran; Nets vs. Sacramento Kings

Jan. 11: TBA; Nets vs. Phoenix Suns

Jan. 15: TBA; Nets vs. Toronto Raptors

Jan. 28: Brian Rogers; Nets vs. Orlando Magic

Feb. 5: TBA; Nets vs. L.A. Lakers

Bellator, which has Viacom as its majority owner, moved its programming from MTV 2 to Spike TV at the start of 2013. Spike's deal with UFC ended in 2011, but it maintained the rights to air its fight library through 2012.

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