So I watched Bellator 48 last night and was pleasantly surprised like the majority of the fans it seems....the issue is that this "majority" was probably south of 200,000 viewers and at most 250,000. Being in Canada I watched on "The Score", it'd be interesting to know how many canadians tuned in as The Score is a much more visible and high profile network in Canada than MTV 2 in the US. Anyways after seeing that Spike execs were again spotted at the event and the fact that both networks are Viacom owned, it simply makes sense that Spike would NEED to replace the void that will be left by the UFC, if Spike feels their programming will keep this demographic they're crazy...does anyone recall what their programming was like pre-tuf? No? Exactly my point. MMA, or should I say UFC put Spike on the map, their viewers expect an MMA fix....are MMA viewers so fickle that if they tuned into Spike and saw bellator rather than the UFC they'd switch away? I would think that of the average 1-1.5 million viewers that watch most fight night cards, is it crazy to think that Bellator could at least hold 500K of those? Their product is sound, they simply greatly lack exposure and network stability.
Unfortunately Bellator regardless of what Rebney says publicly is apparently in financial trouble...and how could they not be? You cannot run events this frequently, have prizes of 100,000$ and having audiences in some cases south of 1,000 and sustain long term.
And now to indulge the UFC/Zuffa mark in me....great scenario is that Zuffa eventually scoops up Bellator (somehow...this is total hypothetical scenario) and with their "prospects" send them to Strikeforce which in turn gets turned into a feeder league. Then maintain the tournaments in the new Strikeforce and the tournament winners automatically get "Called up" to the UFC.
I'm just a new poster and am just hoping to start up....i want any honest feedback please