Spike TV officials on Tuesday released ratings figures from the
event, which took place on Saturday night at the Forum in Los
Angeles. In what he says is his final mixed martial arts
appearance, Ortiz defeated Sonnen via rear-naked choke 2:03 into
the opening stanza of their light heavyweight clash. Ortiz vs.
Sonnen is the most watched MMA fight on television thus far in
All told, Bellator 170 averaged 1.4 million viewers, making it the
third-most watched card in promotion history, according to a
release. The card, which ranked No. 1 among viewers 18 to 49 in
that cable television timeslot, also saw Paul Daley
knock out Brennan
Ward with a flying knee in the evening’s co-headliner.
Additionally, the prelims streamed on Bellator.com and the Bellator
mobile app drew the second most viewers in organization history
behind only Bellator 149.