Bellator Fighting Championships rebounded from a season-low 108,000
viewers last week, earning an average of 175,000 observers for
Bellator 62 on MTV2.
Sherdog.com confirmed the viewership figure on Tuesday morning with
an industry source, who also asserted that
Bellator’s Spike.com live stream was up 110 percent from the
Taking place at the Laredo Energy Center in Laredo, Texas, Bellator
62 showcased the opening round of the Chicago-based promotion’s
sixth-season lightweight tournament. In perhaps the most notable
victory of the evening, Lloyd
Woodard submitted Patricky
Freire, eliminating the Season 4 tournament finalist by
cranking a kimura early in round two.
Lightweight debutants Rick Hawn and
Weedman also took home victories on Friday night, as the former
welterweights finished Ricardo
Tirloni and J.J. Ambrose
in impressive fashion. Hawn felled Tirloni with a devastating right
hand and pounded him out at 2:36 of round one, while Weedman forced
a game Ambrose to tap in the second stanza to an expertly applied
shoulder choke. Rounding out the lightweight field, Thiago
Michel Pereira Silva used a superior standup attack to outpoint
expat countryman Rene Nazare
by split decision.