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  1. NHB7

    NHB7 Steel Belt

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    Alright, a lot of people complained that Kimbo/Dada and Shamrock/Royce was a lot of terrible things:

    Pointless
    Low class
    Dumb
    Uninteresting
    Etc

    But they can't say it wasn't extremely popular. No matter how bad you thought it was, lots and lots of people wanted to see it. Why? How does Bellator keep pulling in these viewers?

    Even there best homegrown prospects (Joe Warren, pitbull, curran, Rickles, Schlemenko) don't even come close to that many views. So we can't say fans don't like masters fights and Kimbo fights...why though?

    How does Bellator keep this going?
     
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    fonzob1 Silver Belt

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    I enjoyed the card all the way through. I was just disappointed by a couple things...

    • Dada becoming deathly ill
    • Shamrock still having some kind of controversy at the end of his fight with Royce. We never get closure with this guy.
     
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    shinobimusashi Green Belt

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    There are just so many people out there who are oblivious to what MMA is, they don't know the difference between Bellator or UFC, it's all the same to a casual onlooker. They don't know what a triangle choke is, they never heard of PRIDE, they don't care or know who is in the top ten. People who eat sleep and breathe their every waking breath on twitter and sherdog live in their own little bubble, this guy is too old, that guy sucks, Ronda can't box, blue collar folks that grind all day swinging sledge hammers don't give a shit about that, they only give a shit about interesting characters and stories. That is why Ronda and Kimbo draw huge money and guys like Breen and Meltzer don't get it, Scott Coker gets it.
     
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    Lucifer Alpha The Catastrophe

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    Fans of what? You think people tuning in to Kimbo fights are MMA fans?
     
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    Herchel Walker Vs Kimbo Slice
    Kurt Angle Vs Royce Gracie

    Put those two fights on a card and a shit load of people would watch again.
     
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    Casuals love freakshows

    If you put a donkey vs some Cardashian to fight, I bet my ass that will made better ratings than Kimbo vs Dada

    BUT if you are the CEO/President of Bellator and you have some respect for MMA, you shouldn't make it
     
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    BeardotheWeirdo Silver Belt

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    The entire main card averaged almost 2 million people. They didn't just tune in for the Kimbo fight.

    At the very least, those fans watching put money into Bellators pocket, which can be spent on fighters like Bendo.

    And it wasn't just casual fans that tuned in for Bellator 149. There were a ton of people in the discussion thread also
     
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    Pretty much everyone on this board watched it or searched for highlights the next day.

    So, yeah if Coker wants to keep the 2% of hardcore fans of MMA that didn't watch, and I'd guess that hardcore fans make up no more than 30% viewership, than he should change his model. But if instead he wants to keep getting 2 million plus viewers, he should figure out what he did right and keep doing that.
     
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    Lucifer Alpha The Catastrophe

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    Five million people watched Kimbo in EliteXC. Why didn't anyone applaud Gary Shaw?

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    Sycho Sid Master of the world and the universe

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    I wonder why no one brings up that Kimbo is barely getting a fraction of what he used to get. Ratings wise
     
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    Because Coker isn't trying to fool us into believing that Kimbo is the baddest man on the planet.
     
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    Lucifer Alpha The Catastrophe

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    He's benefiting from that hype. Coker should thank Gary for that. Lord knows he can't talk up a fighter. Coker is just picking up Gary Shaw's scraps and everyone praises him as some genius promoter lol. Shaw is the genius. He took a street fighter from Youtube and turned him into an MMA superstar.
     
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    Well that's kind of the question of the thread. Coker found something that the viewers love. How does he maintain it? Shaw couldn't.

    Also, all the bad stuff people on here said about the fight would have had one believing it was a colossal failure, but in fact it proved to be there best ratings to date. So why was it so successful if it was sooooo terrible? And if that is what terrible is, should Coker keep putting on terrible cards if he wants Bellator to be successful?
     
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    What if your a CEO that wants to get huge ratings and make money?
     
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    Of course he should keep doing it; although I think twice a year is probably the sweet spot in terms of doing it and bumping that up to 3 times if a bunch of the champs get injured. The question is how long will the UFC let this niche market continue before they decide to do the same.
     
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    I think that's a clever plan. If every cards a Freakshow, it loses its novelty and becomes like celebrity boxing or something. Twice a year to boost ratings and bring casuals back is smart though.
     
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    Hard to argue with that. I'll raise you women's MMA, Shaw was the one that build the model for that to succeed the way it did. I was a fan of Elite XC.

    However I think you got to give Coker some credit. Dada also deserves a little credit for pulling this big number, I think he was a bigger draw here than people realize because of the Dawg Fight documentary, that made him a name. The whole documentary build up Dada vs Kimbo. Coker doing Dada vs Kimbo was genius, if it would have been on free CBS or something it probably would have shattered the Elite XC record. Not as many people have Spike today that did 5-10 years ago.
     
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    I never thought I'd consider Shaw a great promoter, but Worldwide has made me see the light.
     

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