The number represents a slight decrease from the previous week’s
offering from the Chicago-based promotion, Bellator 54, which
netted 185,000 viewers on average.
An immediate replay of Bellator 55 earned an additional 45,000
viewers, according to Sherdog.com’s source. MMAJunkie.com first
reported the viewership statistics on Tuesday.
Bellator 55 marked the company’s second appearance at the Cocopah
Resort and Casino in Yuma, Ariz. Featuring the semifinals of
Bellator’s fifth-season bantamweight tournament, the show saw
Vila and Eduardo
Dantas advance to the finals, as they took home split decision
wins over Marcos
Galvao and Ed West,
Immediately following a preliminary card stream on Spike.com, the
evening’s main draw also featured a non-title light heavyweight
affair between reigning 205-pound champion Christian
M’Pumbu and Travis
Wiuff, as well as a lightweight contest between Ricardo
Tirloni and Steve Gable.
M’Pumbu became the first Bellator champion to lose in a non-title,
non-tournament bout, as Wiuff received the nod on all three
scorecards. Meanwhile, Tirloni kicked off his Bellator career with
a bang, submitting Gable with a second-round rear-naked choke.