According to a report by Sherdog.com, the first Bellator pay-per-view generated over 100,000 buys. The card, which took place earlier this month, featured Quinton “Rampage” Jackson against Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal in the main event.
The actual figure will likely never be released, but Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney seemed happy with what was reported.
“I am never going to be in the business of confirming pay-per-view numbers but I’ll tell you this, going into the show, I would have been very disappointed with anything less than 100,000 buys,” Rebney said. “Sitting here, despite losing our main event, I can say I am not disappointed at all in how the show performed.”
Original plans for the card featured Michael Chandler challenging Eddie Alvarez for the Bellator lightweight title. That was scratched when Alvarez suffered a head injury in training.
Unlike in 2013 when Bellator cancelled plans for a PPV after a neck injury took Tito Ortiz out, they moved ahead with this card. Rebney cited the depth of the lineup, which also featured Chandler fighting Will Brooks for the interim title and Ortiz meetings Alexander Shlemenko.
Bellator has yet to set a date for a second pay-per-view broadcast.
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