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Bellator 187 ratings top 1 million viewers thanks to Conor McGregor’s meltdown on Spike TV

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Bellator 187: “McKee vs. Moore” took place at 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland, on Nov. 10, 2017. And the Spike TV-televised show was infamous even before the tape-delayed broadcast aired on Spike TV thanks to Conor McGregor jumping the cage to celebrate with a teammate ... and behaving like a lunatic in the process.

Both Bellator and Spike TV had to hope that McGregor’s unplanned and unsanctioned antics would draw extra viewers to the show, and they seemingly have been proven right. Indeed, the show averaged 621,000 viewers, but the opening quarter-hour featuring McGregor’s friend Charlie Ward winning by knockout with one second left in round one peaked at over one million viewers.

That’s both good news and bad news, really. The good news is that McGregor’s antics boosted the overall viewership average. The bad news is that many of those same viewers tuned out afterward and didn’t stay to see A.J. McKee submit Brian Moore to improve to 10-0 in the main event.

There’s bad news for McGregor, too, as he apparently lost a UFC 219 payday over his behavior.

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