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Ratings For Bellator’s Heavyweight GP-Led Events ‘Trending Downward’

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Ratings are trickling in for Bellator MMA’s big back-to-back event weekend, which featured two Heavyweight Grand Prix semifinal bouts — Ryan Bader vs. Matt Mitrione (Bellator 207) and Fedor Emelianenko vs. Chael Sonnen — that aired live on Paramount Network. Unfortunately, it seems that staging shows on Friday and then Saturday night might not have been a good idea for television ratings.

MMA Fighting reports that Bellator 207 attracted about 416,000 viewers on Paramount. The good news is that’s up from any show in at least four months, dating back to “Macfarlane vs. Lara” back on June 29, 2018.

And now for the bad news.

The opening round of the Grand Prix fared better than the semifinal round in the ratings. The “Bader vs. King Mo”-led event garnered about 453,000 viewers on Paramount, while the “Mitrione vs. Nelson”-led show did 476,000, and the combined DVR+3 and ratings with CMT for those shows were even better. And neither of those events hold a candle to “Jackson vs. Sonnen” on Jan. 26, 2018, nor Bellator 198 in April with “Fedor vs. Mir.”

Meanwhile Spike TV sent us their own numbers for “Mitrione vs. Bader” which paint a slightly different picture. Focusing strictly on Ryan Bader vs. Matt Mitrione they say the show delivered 620,000 peaking at 798,000, although they say the entire telecast drew 493,000 viewers with DVR+3 in, up a bit from the number that MMA Fighting reported.

Here’s to hoping that many more tune in to watch the Heavyweight Grand Prix final between Fedor Emelianenko vs. Ryan Bader at Bellator 214, which takes place at The Forum in Inglewood (just outside Los Angeles), Calif., on Jan. 26, 2019. It’s the conclusion of a very entertaining and historic tournament, which will also crown a new division champion.

To check out the latest Bellator MMA-related news and notes be sure to hit up our comprehensive news archive right here.

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Bellator’s Scott Coker Considering Kongo-Nelson 2 For Alternate Grand Prix Slot

With the increasing prevalence of fighters withdrawing from events due to injury, often on short notice, Bellator MMA has a backup plan to ensure its heavyweight Grand Prix goes as smoothly as possible.
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Bellator’s Scott Coker Considering Kongo-Nelson 2 For Alternate Grand Prix Slot

With the increasing prevalence of fighters withdrawing from events due to injury, often on short notice, Bellator MMA has a backup plan to ensure its heavyweight Grand Prix goes as smoothly as possible.
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Bellator’s Scott Coker Considering Kongo-Nelson 2 For Alternate Grand Prix Slot

With the increasing prevalence of fighters withdrawing from events due to injury, often on short notice, Bellator MMA has a backup plan to ensure its heavyweight Grand Prix goes as smoothly as possible.
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Bad News For Bellator’s Bantamweights

Bellator 204: “Caldwell vs. Lahat” comes to Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D., this Friday night (Aug. 17, 2018), featuring a non-title bout between Bantamweight champion Darrion Caldwell (12-1) against Featherweight standout Noad Lahat (12-3).

Fight fans can also look forward to Conor McGregor’s training partner James Gallagher (7-0) being featured on the Paramount Network-televised card. Even though the spotlight on his “Notorious” friend is large, Gallagher has always fought to be his own man and his undefeated record is a testament to the fact he’s a capable Straight Blast Gym fighter in his own right.

The streaking Ricky Bandejas (10-1) will put everything Gallagher is made of to the test. He brings five straight wins in from Cage Fury Fighting Championships (CFFC) with three wins by knockout and three by submission. Even with those credentials some may still consider it an upset if Bandejas pulls off a big win in Sioux Falls.

Gallagher recently chatted with MMAmania.com about the next test of his young and promising mixed martial arts (MMA) career coming right after a terrible knee injury that took him out of a main event fight in Dublin.

“I feel amazing! I’ve never felt better. (The injury) has made me into a different person. It showed me some dark places. It showed me different routes to go when I face adversity. It showed me how to overcome things, overcome some massive things. Where I’ve lacked before is I thought small things were quite big. I’ve never had any big adversities before really. I’ve never had any problems or anything everything was smooth so any small little problem was quite big but knowing all these small little problems that you faced in camp they’re a breeze to me now.”

Almost all fighters would prefer to have their mettle tested in a fight instead of on an operating table, but Gallagher is still confident that surgery and rehab made him a better man.

“They’re nothing, you know what I’m saying? I’ve dealt with the biggest, the worst, the lowest of the lowest, and now I’m back at the top. I’ve climbed my way back and now I’m gonna go in here and stiffen Ricky up, and then I’m going to move on and do the same to Darrion Caldwell.”

It’s interesting he should mention that given Caldwell is in the main event, but we’ll circle back to that point in a minute. First, Gallagher wants to make it clear he’s at the top of his game again.

“I am back and back better than ever! I feel like it’s fun. I don’t feel that tense feeling that I usually feel coming into fights. It’s like freedom for me, do you know what I’m saying? It’s like I’m home. I’m back, and the whole roster is fucked. They wrote me off when I was down. When I was down at my lowest I had to listen to them write me off, put me down more, say all this shit about me, now I’m back (and) we’re not going to hear a fucking word. They’re all going to be away running.”

Does he also feel that the 10-1 Ricky Bandejas will run away from him in the Bellator cage?

“He’s a Ricky of many trades, that’s for sure, but he’s not fucking good at anything. He knows a little bit of everything. He’s decent on the feet, he’s okay in the wrestling, he’s okay on the floor. He knows he’s a little bit of everything, but he’s not excellent at anything. He’s got a good record, he’s a good opponent to beat, I’m not underestimating him one bit. I feel like he’s going to be here prepared to put on the show of his life, so when he comes out this is his chance. He’s going to fight for his life, but there’s no one that wants it more than me. I’m coming in here prepared ready for that kind of opponent. I’m going to be focused, switched on, and every point every angle he makes I’m going to be a step ahead. I’m going to cut that angle before him, hit that position before him, land that shot before him.”

As promised, Gallagher has some harsh words for the champ. While Caldwell is moving on up to 145 pounds on Friday, Gallagher is moving down to 135 pounds … and he’s not impressed by Caldwell’s performances thus far.

“He’s the most boring bastard of a fighter I’ve ever met. It’s deliberate (that we’re on Bellator 204). It’s not a coincidence. It’s meant to be like that. So if he gets past his guy (and) when I get past my guy, then it’s on! It’s on. He can’t say anything else. It’s on, you know what I mean? I’m ready, I’m going for him back in Dublin. That’s where they’re bringing it. He’s getting dragged over, I’m prepared to go there, you know what I mean? I’m over here on his side. I’m going to go in here and fight and win, and then he’s coming to my side, he’s gonna step in there against me, he’s gonna stiffened up. I’m going to take his belt and then he can move on.”

You really would think that Gallagher was fighting Caldwell on Friday instead of Bandejas. The hits just kept coming as Gallagher poured on the trash talk.

“He’s old you know, he’s 30 years old, and he’s coming to the end you know what I mean? He couldn’t finish his dinner never mind a fucking fight. You can hear it in his interviews already. He’s saying he needs 50,000 Irish fans who want him to come over to Ireland to fight. This is the words he’s saying. He doesn’t think I’m going to win my next fight, all this bullshit. When I do he’s got no choice. If he decides not to, he’s gone. You show up and you fight anywhere when you’re the champion. You show up in anyone’s backyard, you show up in your own backyard, you show up on the fucking street if someone wanted to fight you! Don’t say I don’t want to fight unless there are 50,000 Irish fans who want me over there before I go over. He doesn’t even got 50,000 American fans who want him to fight HERE, so how the fuck does he expect 50,000 Irish fans who want him to come to Ireland? There’s 50,000 Irish fans who want to see ME smoke him and take his belt.”

Let’s just hope that security is ready on Friday night because if they both win we may just get an UNSANCTIONED fight in the Sanford Pentagon.

Complete audio of our interview is embedded above, and complete coverage of “Caldwell vs. Lahat” resides here at MMA Mania all week long.

To check out the latest Bellator MMA-related news and notes be sure to hit up our comprehensive news archive right here.

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Bellator’s Promoter Driving Organization Fast and Furiously

Promoter Scott Coker made Strikeforce into something great – so great, in fact, that the UFC felt the need to buy it and take it apart.

Then Coker was brought on by Viacom to run Bellator, and now here we are, with a heavyweight grand prix tournament underway and… man, I can even begin to speculate what rapper 50 Cent’s tweet could mean. Is he going to fight in Bellator? Perform at an event? Invest? Who knows.

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Bellator’s Promoter Driving Organization Fast and Furiously

Promoter Scott Coker made Strikeforce into something great – so great, in fact, that the UFC felt the need to buy it and take it apart.

Then Coker was brought on by Viacom to run Bellator, and now here we are, with a heavyweight grand prix tournament underway and… man, I can even begin to speculate what rapper 50 Cent’s tweet could mean. Is he going to fight in Bellator? Perform at an event? Invest? Who knows.

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Bellator’s Promoter Driving Organization Fast and Furiously

Promoter Scott Coker made Strikeforce into something great – so great, in fact, that the UFC felt the need to buy it and take it apart.

Then Coker was brought on by Viacom to run Bellator, and now here we are, with a heavyweight grand prix tournament underway and… man, I can even begin to speculate what rapper 50 Cent’s tweet could mean. Is he going to fight in Bellator? Perform at an event? Invest? Who knows.

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Bellator’s Promoter Driving Organization Fast and Furiously

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Promoter Scott Coker made Strikeforce into something great – so great, in fact, that the UFC felt the need to buy it and take it apart.

Then Coker was brought on by Viacom to run Bellator, and now here we are, with a heavyweight grand prix tournament underway and… man, I can even begin to speculate what rapper 50 Cent’s tweet could mean. Is he going to fight in Bellator? Perform at an event? Invest? Who knows.

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Bellator 197 Results: Michael Chandler Is Bellator’s Last Action Hero

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Other than a lot of recycled fighters, Bellator has few homegrown stars. In fact, they really only have one, and his name is Michael Chandler.

A fluke injury saw him lose the lightweight belt last year to Brent Primus last year, but while Primus has been languishing in injury limbo since then, Chandler has been busy kicking dudes’ asses. Like on Friday, at Bellator 197.

Chandler took out Brandon Girtz in under a round, totally smoking him on the ground like he was a toppled hookah pipe. The former – and likely future – champ stuck around when others were jumping ship to the UFC, and he now bleeds Bellator-colored blood (whatever that means).

Elsewhere on the Bellator 197 card, AJ McKee dominated Justin Lawrence for three rounds, and Kimbo Slice’s kid, “Baby Slice”, at Devon Brock for dinner.

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But at the end of the night it was all about Chandler, Bellator’s last action hero.

What a great night of fights! Swipe ⬅ to re-live some of the best moments! #Bellator197

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