Bellator 134: ‘The British Invasion’ was watched by an average of 872,000 viewers this past Friday night on Spike TV.
The event peaked with 1.2 million viewers during the main event which saw Liam McGeary become the promotions new light-heavyweight champion after defeating Emanuel Newton.
That’s good numbers for Bellator, their best of the year so far, though as expected it still fell short of their previous Bellator 131 ‘showcase’ event in November of last year which pulled in an average of 1.2 million viewers with a 2 million viewer peak courtesy of having big-name former UFC stars Tito Ortiz and Stephan Bonnar headlining.
There was good strength-in-depth on Friday night’s offering though with Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal Vs Cheick Kongo being an enticing co-feature, while having other familiar names like Paul Daley and Rameau Sokoudjou on the main card certainly helped.
The promotion’s next higher-profile ‘showcase’ event will takes place at Bellator 138 on June 20th when they’ll attempt to cash-in on the name recognition of grizzled veterans Kimbo Slice and Ken Shamrock (who have a combined age of almost 100) by having them headline the event.
it’s unlikely to be a pretty sight, but nonetheless the novelty value will probably attract a good number of eyeballs to Spike TV that night and hopefully they’ll fill the rest of the main card with meaningful fights.