Bellator Fighting Championships averaged 812,000 viewers during
Thursday night’s live broadcast of
Bellator 86 on Spike TV.
Sherdog.com confirmed the viewership figure with an industry source
on Friday, who also verified that the two-hour broadcast earned a
household rating of 0.7 and a rating of 0.62 in males aged 18-49.
Additionally, an immediate replay of the show netted another
319,000 viewers, totaling more than 1.1 million observers for the
The live viewership figure is a slight decrease from the
promotion’s Spike TV debut last week, as Bellator 85 pulled 938,000
viewers for its two-hour premiere on Jan. 17.
Bellator 86 took place at the Winstar World Casino in Thackerville,
Okla. The event was headlined by a dominant welterweight title
defense from Ben Askren,
as “Funky” punished challenger Karl
Amoussou with ground-and-pound for the better part of 15
minutes before the bout was stopped prior to the start of the
Additionally, the broadcast showcased the Bellator debut of former
Strikeforce champion Muhammed
Lawal, who advanced to the light heavyweight tournament
semifinals by knocking out overmatched Pole Przemyslaw
Mysiala. Earlier in the evening, Ben
Weedman and Raul Amaya
all moved forward in the Season 8 welterweight bracket, besting
Jose de Ribamar Machado Gomes, respectively.