Original Text from: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/Bellator/article_26326.shtml
By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief
Spike has released further figures breaking down the numbers for Friday’s Bellator 138 event.
Beyond the 2.1 million average who tuned in for the Kimbo Slice vs. Ken Shamrock main event in the final quarter hour, the broadcast’s peak minute had 2.4 million viewers, while the three minute duration of the fight held 2.3 million viewers.
The broadcast also saw a steady viewership increase from fight to fight. 1.1 million on average viewed the Michael Chandler vs. Derek Campos opener, 1.3 million saw Daniel Straus defeat Henry Corrales, 1.8 million caught Bobby Lashley against Dan Charles, and, finally, 1.9 million tuned in for the Featherweight Championship fight between Patricio “Pitbull” Freire and Daniel Straus.
Penick’s Analysis: They got a lot of people to tune in from the outset, and more and more followed throughout the broadcast. They had a very clear goal for this card with how it was put together, and they accomplished that goal. They’re targeting a different kind of fan in many ways than the UFC has been targeting, and while it’s not majorly appealing to some in the hardcore fanbase, Bellator’s trying to bring back some who haven’t continued watching over the last several years, and it’s working.
On January 30th, Kimbo will be going out to Australia to square off with QLD Heavyweight champion Shane Tilyard.
“Tilyard thinks he’s been in the ring with tough guys but he’s never been in there with a monster like me,” stated Kimbo Slice. “He better be ready because I’m coming to knock his head off and show the fans of Australia who the real KO King is.”
“Slice, 38, connected with a series of hard shots that backed Green up to the ropes with only seconds to go int he fight. Slice then connected with a right-right left combination that knocked Green completely out, sending him to the canvas flat on his back where he laid staring at the ceiling unable to get to his feet. The fight was then halted at 2:57 of the found.”
“Recently, Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson picked up the third consecutive win in his professional boxing career versus Charles Hackman on December of 2011. On March 23rd, 2012, Kimbo Slice will face his next opponent at the O’Reily Center in Springfield, Missouri, where he’ll be looking to keep his undefeated record intact. Along with the help of Team Kimbo and manager Mike Imber, Kimbo Slice also hopes to use the event as an opportunity to promote Autism Awareness and the Autism Society.”
Apparently, since the debut of Kimbo Slice’s new big time movie, Scorpion King 3, which also features top stars like Billy Zane, Ron Perlman and Kelly Hu, action movie fans everywhere have begun to really believe Kimbo is a legitimate actor with many gifts. In the movie he plays, Zulu Kondo, a powerful antagonist. Over his career, Kimbo has appeared in more than five movies. Currently, Slice boxes professionally and has a record of 3-0.
As of late, K-Slice’s promoter Icey Mike Imber has mentioned they have met with actor/director Kevin Connelly to seriously discuss the idea of a full-length film that would be all about Kimbo Slice’s life from street fighting to mega-star. The deal is to make the K Slice bio-movie into a huge release for fans everywhere in the US. Based on what we’ve heard, there seems to be a real thirst from fans out there for just this kind of release. So, keep an eye out because the K-Slice film may be at a theater near you soon.
“CageJunkies.com just got word from Icey Mike Imber manager of Kevin Ferguson better known as Kimbo Slice that he remained unbeaten tonight in Oklahoma as he won a unanimous decision vs. Charles Hackman three rounds to one. Kimbo continues to rise up the ranks as a heavyweight in the boxing world as he is now working with world class boxing coach John David Jackson.” Read full story here
Kimbo hits the boxing ring again for his third boxing match back at Buffalo Run Casino / Miami, Oklahoma on December 30th, 2011. Then on Febuary 11th 2012 he will be fighting at The O’Reilly Center / Springfield, Missouri. Opponents have not been announced yet.