Bellator MMA has today announced that 1.85 million viewers tuned in to watch the fairytale ending to Tito Ortiz’s storied career on Saturday night.
On the night Ortiz (19-12-1) scored a first round submission victory over Chael Sonnen at the LA Live Arena to cap off a 19-year career for the “Huntington Beach Badboy”.
This marks the most watched Bellator fight since February 2016 and the most watched MMA fight on television so far this year.
In the co-feature, 1.7 million viewers witnessed Paul Daley’s devastating highlight reel 1st round flying knee KO over Brennan Ward.
Overall, Bellator 170 delivered 1.4 million viewers – making it the 3rd most watched card in the franchise’s history. The 3-hour Spike telecast was also ranked #1 in cable with Men 18-49 in the timeslot.
Bellator 170 was also a digital and social success as well.
- The Bellator 170 prelims drew the second most viewers on Bellator.com and Bellator mobile app in franchise history (only behind Bellator 149).
- The post-fight press conference streamed exclusively on YouTube saw the most concurrent viewers in Bellator history.
- #Bellator170 was the #1 trending topic on Twitter during the event and Tito Ortiz, Chael Sonnen and Bellator MMA trended #1 on Google Trends.