Bellator MMA finally made its pay-per-view (PPV) debut with "Rampage vs. King Mo," which took place back on May 17, 2014, inside Landers Center in Southaven, Mississippi (results). It was a card the promotion asked you to pay anywhere from $35-$50 for, depending on your location and PPV provider.
So, how many fight fans opened their wallets?
According to Dave Meltzer (via Fight Opinion), Bellator pulled in roughly 65,000 PPV buys, which is above the 50,000 number thought to be the "break even" mark. Keep in mind this is also a card that lost the Eddie Alvarez vs. Michael Chandler trilogy when Alvarez got hurt and was forced to withdraw.
That left the light heavyweight contest between Quinton Jackson and Muhammed Lawal -- as well as the freak show fight pitting Tito Ortiz against Alexander
Villechaize Shlemenko -- to carry the card, which had a strong lead-in from its Spike TV "Prelims," featuring Cheick Kongo and Marcin Held, among others.
http://t.co/gLr3VR51kO Bellator PPV buy rate estimate according to @DaveMeltzerWON is 65,000. Wonder what @mmasupremacy makes of this...— FightOpinion (@FightOpinion) May 27, 2014
Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney has already
threatened promised to air another PPV event when the time -- and the roster -- is right, which could become more difficult after Will Brooks upset Chandler earlier this month. which put "Alvarez vs. Chandler 3" on ice for the foreseeable future.
For more news and notes on Bellator 120 check out our full results and event fallout page here.