The numbers for Bellator 142: "Dynamite 1" are in. And they are much lower than originally anticipated.
According to Spike TV, 800,000 viewers tuned in last Saturday night (Sept. 19, 2015) to watch the hybrid mixed martial arts (MMA) and kickboxing card, which saw both Bellator and GLORY fights take place over the course of an almost four-hour broadcast (highlights).
Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion Liam McGeary submitted Tito Ortiz in the main event, and Phil Davis submitted Emanuel Newton and knocked out Francis Carmont to win the one-night, four-man 205-pound tournament.
Also on the card, Saulo Cavalari defeated Zack Mwekassa by majority decision to win the vacant GLORY Light Heavyweight title to highlight the kickboxing action.
The card peaked at 930,000 and finished a distant second in both the 25-54 and 35-49 demographics for that night to the Mississippi vs. Alabama college football game that amassed 7.6 million viewers on ESPN.
In comparison, Bellator's last tent pole event, Bellator 138, turned in an average of 1.7 million viewers with a peak of 2.9 million during the main event between Kimbo Slice and Ken Shamrock.
Scott Coker and Spike TV pulled out all the stops with the production, former Pride FC announcer Lenne Hardt introducing all the fighters, and having a cage and a ring (see pic) inside SAP center in San Jose, Calif., but they did not hit it out of the park like many expected they would.
For full Bellator 142: "Dynamite 1" results, including play-by-play, click here.