Bellator 48 Earns 226,000 Viewers on MTV2

By Mike Whitman Aug 23, 2011
Bellator Fighting Championships 48 raked in an average of 226,000 viewers for its Saturday night broadcast, making it the promotion's fifth-most watched event to air on MTV2. acquired the viewership figure from an industry source on Tuesday. Following its live broadcast at 9 p.m. ET, the event also netted an additional 114,000 viewers during it's replay at 1 a.m. ET.

Headlined by the Summer Series featherweight tournament final between Pat Curran and Marlon Sandro (pictured), the event went down Aug. 20 from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Curran ended Sandro's night late in the second frame of their 145-pound contest, landing a swift head kick that sent the Brazilian reeling. The American followed up with punches to seal the deal, snatching the tournament crown and gaining a shot at Bellator featherweight king Joe Warren.

Bellator's heavyweight titleholder also saw action at the event, as Cole Konrad cruised to a unanimous decision victory over Paul Buentello. The heavily favored Konrad chose to stand with the former UFC title challenger and consistently beating “The Headhunter” to the punch.

Additionally, the MTV2 broadcast saw Seth Petruzelli earn a devastating knockout over former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez, while lightweight prospect Rene Nazare battered Juan Barrantes en route to a second-round doctor's stoppage.


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