“Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.” – From the Bhagavad Gita.
This was the quote scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer thought of upon witnessing the successful detonation of the first atomic bomb at the Alamogordo Bombing and Gunnery Range in the New Mexico desert back in 1945, and it’s a fitting quote for Scott Coker to utter now.
As reported by Combat Press last night, Kimbo Slice – the most popular MMA fighter of all time – has signed with Bellator.
This move, long-rumored but never concrete, has suddenly given the number two MMA organization in the industry the power to crush any UFC pay-per-view it goes up against, regardless of whether the UFC puts Georges St. Pierre, Anderson Silva, Jon Jones and Ronda Rousey on the card, and regardless of whether the UFC runs a week-long highlight reel loop of Slice losing over and over again on every broadcast outlet available to them.
These are the facts:
- The second most-watched MMA fight of all time was Slice vs. James Thompson, which aired on CBS back in 2008 and garnered 7.281 million viewers.
- The fourth most-watched MMA fight was Slice vs. Seth Petruzelli, which aired on CBS back in 2008 and snagged 6.451 million viewers.
- A pre-recorded episode of TUF featuring Slice vs.Roy Nelson drew in 6.1 million viewers. PRE-RECORDED, not live.
- Slice left the Octagon back in 2010 after losing via TKO to Matt Mitrione, and he faded into relative obscurity. That obscurity will only help serve to make his return all the more compelling.
If Bellator putting Tito Ortiz and Stephan Bonnar at the top of a card is enough to enable them to defeat a weak UFC pay-per-view in a head-to-head ratings battle, can you imagine what kind of numbers they’d do if they put Slice atop a SpikeTV card that airs opposite one of the UFC’s “star-studded” pay-per-views?
No need to imagine, ’cause I will paint you a picture: BELLATOR WOULD CRUSH THE UFC.
We live in strange times, folks. Strange times.