Bellator Fighting Championships recorded a new Season 7 ratings
high last Friday night, as
Bellator 79 averaged 220,000 viewers on MTV2.
Headlined by a heavyweight tournament semifinal between Richard
Hale and Thiago
Santos, Bellator 79 took place Nov. 2 at Casino Rama in Rama,
Ontario. The evening’s broadcast also saw hard-hitting competitors
Shamhalaev and Mike
Richman collide in a co-headlining featherweight semifinal.
Sherdog.com confirmed Bellator’s viewership figure with an industry
source on Tuesday. Bellator’s previous season high was set during
its Sept. 28 season premiere, which netted 190,000 viewers. This
week’s draw of 220,000 viewers marks a 43 percent increase from the
154,000 observers who tuned in for Bellator 78 the week prior.
Hale pounded out Santos in Friday’s main event after overcoming
some early adversity, as the Brazilian wasted no time testing
Hale’s chin. “Big Monster” then took the fight to the floor, where
he looked to punish Hale with ground-and-pound. The American
escaped to his feet, however, clipping Santos with a series of
short punches that caused his heavier foe to drop to the canvas and
turtle until the bout was stopped.
Shamhalaev also used a first-round technical knockout to punch his
ticket to the Season 7 finals, as the featherweight dropped Richman
with a perfectly-timed right hand that relieved “The Marine” of his
senses in just 1:45.