Bellator 51: Great card, no one watched

source: mmamania.com
 

Is MMA big, or is the UFC big?

For the hardest core devotees of MMA, particularly those who train, the answer is unequivocal. Jokes abound about fans so clueless about the difference that they claim to "trane UFC."

However, with Dream in Japan struggling to even put on a show, and Strikeforce being purchased by Zuffa, Bellator has become, almost by default, the No. 2 MMA promotion in the world. But no one is watching.

Saturday night Bellator debuted their stacked season five bantamweight tournament, putting on an exciting, evenly matched card (see highlights below). That's the good news.

The bad news is,  it airing at the same time as UFC 135 on PPV, Bellator 51 garnered just 158,000 viewers -- the fourth worst showing since the promotion partnered with MTV2. The sole bright news was that it wasn't as bad as the preceeding Bellator 50, which was the worst ratings to date.

Bellator 44: 325,000 viewers
Bellator 47: 277,000 viewers
Bellator 45: 264,000 viewers
Bellator 49: 235,000 viewers
Bellator 36: 230,000 viewers
Bellator 48: 226,000 viewers
Bellator 40: 218,000 viewers
Bellator 35: 200,000 viewers
Bellator 42: 199,000 viewers
Bellator 46: 185,000 viewers
Bellator 43: 182,000 viewers
Bellator 39: 174,000 viewers
Bellator 37: 173,000 viewers
Bellator 51: 158,000 viewers
Bellator 38: 150,000 viewers
Bellator 41: 132,000 viewers
Bellator 50: 114,000 viewers

With the number of UFC shows expanding, including an unprecedented plan for two shows in one night, it looks increasingly as if the 'Trane UFC' faction is not quite as dumb as believed.

 

 

 

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jimbobyeaboy site profile image  

10/1/11 11:05 AM by jimbobyeaboy

Bellator gets bad ratings because they have no fighters the casual fans know. Sorry to break it to you but Eddie Alvarez isn't known by the masses. If Bellator wants ratings they will have to start spending money on known talent otherwise it'll go the same way as the IFL.

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10/1/11 11:05 AM by jimbobyeaboy

Bellator gets bad ratings because they have no fighters the casual fans know. Sorry to break it to you but Eddie Alvarez isn't known by the masses. If Bellator wants ratings they will have to start spending money on known talent otherwise it'll go the same way as the IFL.

Kirik site profile image  

10/1/11 11:01 AM by Kirik

Thank you for the excellent feedback.  

Kirik site profile image  

10/1/11 11:01 AM by Kirik

Thank you for the excellent feedback.  

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10/1/11 11:00 AM by Kirik

 That is the first piece of news that got zero replies in a year or more. It was relevant as it related that the headline fight by the best figher in the promotion was not cancelled, but postponed for 30 days only. If the best fighter in the UFC, Anderson Silva, was hurt and pulled out of a fight, it he was interviewed and clarified that the fight was only delayed, it would be HUGE news. I am not suggesting that Eddie is at fault; the insinuation that I was is puzzling. I was instead saying that fan interest in Bellator is not sufficient to warrant more Bellator coverage. In fact, fan interest warrants less Bellator coverage. Some people want to see more Women's MMA coverage. For otehrs it is more on the scene in Brazil (birthplace of MMA) or Canada (world leading supporting country) or Japan or or or. Some people want to see more on business, or on regulation. There are twice as many ammy fights as pro fights, and the coverage of ammys is about zero, Some people want to see more on trainijng. There are a ton of different sides of this sport that fans individually want to see more of. For you, you want to see more Bellator. That is cool. What is not cool is you insisting there is some moral element to your particulat desire, and that the lack of coverage is somehow unethical.   

Kirik site profile image  

10/1/11 11:00 AM by Kirik

 That is the first piece of news that got zero replies in a year or more. It was relevant as it related that the headline fight by the best figher in the promotion was not cancelled, but postponed for 30 days only. If the best fighter in the UFC, Anderson Silva, was hurt and pulled out of a fight, it he was interviewed and clarified that the fight was only delayed, it would be HUGE news. I am not suggesting that Eddie is at fault; the insinuation that I was is puzzling. I was instead saying that fan interest in Bellator is not sufficient to warrant more Bellator coverage. In fact, fan interest warrants less Bellator coverage. Some people want to see more Women's MMA coverage. For otehrs it is more on the scene in Brazil (birthplace of MMA) or Canada (world leading supporting country) or Japan or or or. Some people want to see more on business, or on regulation. There are twice as many ammy fights as pro fights, and the coverage of ammys is about zero, Some people want to see more on trainijng. There are a ton of different sides of this sport that fans individually want to see more of. For you, you want to see more Bellator. That is cool. What is not cool is you insisting there is some moral element to your particulat desire, and that the lack of coverage is somehow unethical.   

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10/1/11 10:51 AM by Nexuscrawlers

TTT FOR BELLATOR!!!!!!!

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10/1/11 10:51 AM by Nexuscrawlers

TTT FOR BELLATOR!!!!!!!

CHILLITACO site profile image  

10/1/11 6:19 AM by CHILLITACO

Here is the HUGE competition problem bellator has... globaisation.....The ufc is in over 130 countries worldwide and me here in Australia, I can't get bellator by flicking a TV remote! It sounds like a lot of the US can't either let alone the rest of the world! MMA has ALWAYS been about globalization, why do you think the ppv model has held up so well for so long in mma? Its not about one country. Get distribution you will get eyeballs! MTV need to dump it on their main channel and boom globally in a few months you will have some actual competition!

CHILLITACO site profile image  

10/1/11 6:19 AM by CHILLITACO

Here is the HUGE competition problem bellator has... globaisation.....The ufc is in over 130 countries worldwide and me here in Australia, I can't get bellator by flicking a TV remote! It sounds like a lot of the US can't either let alone the rest of the world! MMA has ALWAYS been about globalization, why do you think the ppv model has held up so well for so long in mma? Its not about one country. Get distribution you will get eyeballs! MTV need to dump it on their main channel and boom globally in a few months you will have some actual competition!