Bellator 179 took place this past Friday from the SSE Arena in London, England and was headlined by Rory MacDonald winning his promotional debut as he scored his first submission victory since 2010 when he defeated Paul Daley in the second round via a rear-naked choke.

When it comes to the television ratings for the fight card, it was revealed on Monday by Nielson that the main card on Spike delivered 607,000 viewers and Spike TV announced on Wednesday that the fight card came in with 659,000 viewers in the +3 DVR ratings. Along with announcing the average viewership, Spike announced that the main event fight between MacDonald and Daley averaged 877,000 viewers and had a peak audience of 955,000 viewers.

Bellator 179 marked the tenth event for Bellator in 2017 and when it comes to +3 DVR viewership, Bellator is averaging 802,000 viewers and the viewership for all of the Bellator events this year in the +3 DVR viewership are below. (Note: +3 DVR viewership is via Spike)

Bellator 170: 1.5 million
Bellator 171: 795k
Bellator 172: 873k
Bellator 173: 618k
Bellator 174: 755k
Bellator 175: 1 million
Bellator 176: 496k
Bellator 177: 595k
Bellator 178: 733k
Bellator 179: 659k

The next Bellator event is set for June 24 from Madison Square Garden in New York City and will be headlined by Wanderlei Silva making his promotional debut against Chael Sonnen.

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    Jason Floyd, I really got to hand it to you because your prediction of how you thought Rory MacDonald would fight Paul Daley was spot on. Paul Daley is a good MMA fighter, but he proved once again that he is just not among the elite MMA welterweights. I really enjoyed seeing Baby Slice picking up his first professional MMA victory in the Bellator cage and it was enjoyable hearing the response that the London crowd gave to him. There are some good looking MMA prospects out there like Alex Lohore, and Fabian Edwards and Prince Amir Albazi and Mike Shipman, and Alfie Davis. That kind of talent can really be great building blocks for BAMMA and Cage Warriors.


    I also listened to MVP interview with Ariel Helwani and I know he somewhat, jokingly, said he may not even take the Paul Daley fight. And he went on to say Paul Daley isn’t really a good MMA fighter because of his record. Well, Paul Daley may not be among the elite MMA welterweights, he is certainly a step up from anyone that Michael Venom Page has faced. Paul Daley may not have the most glamorous record, but at least he has gotten into the cage and challenged himself by fighting Rory MacDonald, and Nick Diaz, and Jake Shields, and Tyron Woodley, and Douglas Lima. Michael Venom Page has yet to even face someone like Brennan Ward. In a previous interview, Michael Venom Page has stated he feels that he is one or two fights away from earning a title shot. Well, he has two fights left on his Bellator contract, so how is he going to earn that title shot? Is he going to earn it by having all the top Bellator welterweights fight each other and eliminating each other while he fights someone of lesser talent? Just look at the strange booking of MVP gets a decision win over Fernando Gonzalez, but Fernando Gonzalez gets booked against the former Bellator Welterweight Champion, Andrey Koreshkov and MVP gets booked to fight against Derek Anderson, a lightweight moving up to welterweight. Why not book MVP vs Andrey Koreshkov or even against Chidi Njoukani? At this rate, MVP will face the loser of A.J. Matthews and Andre Fialho.

    • Jason Floyd

      I firmly expect Bellator to do what they can to book Page vs. Daley for an event in London. If that fight can’t come together, I like the potential matchup against either Koreshkov or Njokuani.