By Zach Arnold | May 8, 2014
The stakes: Bellator will continue as-is if the PPV buy rate number isn’t hot, and for expectation purposes let’s use 50,000 as the cut number. Anything over 50,000? Then the lobbying begins to get Viacom cash flowing to ramp up Bellator activity in attracting bigger names. If the number isn’t great, then Bellator stays as-is for Viacom in terms of being an MMA-on-the-cheap property that draws in money but isn’t going to grow.
Here’s how the Saturday, May 17th card from Southaven, Mississippi at the Landers Center stands:
- Lightweight title match:
Eddie AlvarezWill Brooks vs. Michael Chandler
- Light Heavyweights: Rampage Jackson vs. King Mo
- Alexander Shlemenko vs. Tito Ortiz
- Welterweights: Ricky Rainey vs. Michael Page
- Heavyweights: Alexander Volkov vs. Blagoi Ivanov
- Heavyweights: Cheick Kongo vs. Eric Smith
Patricky Pitbullvs. Marcin Held
- Featherweights: Go Yamauchi vs. Mike Richman
This card has been marketed as a two-match PPV show and only one of those fights (Rampage/Mo) has been pushed as the must-see fight in advertising.