Bellator MMA LogoThe first Bellator MMA broadcast on Spike set a TV ratings record for the promotion, notching in at an average of 938,000 viewers for Bellator 85.

Thursday’s Bellator 86 didn’t do quite as well, but it didn’t take a hard fall either.

Bellator 86 averaged 812,000 viewers, according to MMAWeekly.com industry sources. That number is still four to five times higher than most of the Bellator events drew during its stint on MTV2.

Bellator has accounted for a more than 75-percent improvement in several of the key advertising demographics for Spike TV compared to the prior four weeks of programming.

Bellator 86 featured welterweight champion Ben Askren successfully defending his belt in the main event, plus the debut of former Strikeforce champion “King Mo” Lawal.

Stay tuned to MMAWeekly.com for all the latest Bellator MMA news and updates.

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