It’s no secret that the UFC is the largest MMA promotion in the world. The UFC has successfully continued to steamroll it’s promotional competition, including Pride FC, Strikeforce, The WEC, and more.
The UFC’s competitor at the present time is Bellator MMA, which has seen a recent spike in ratings stemming from “Bellator 131: Ortiz vs. Bonnar”.
The spike in TV ratings has been so significant that Spike TV President Kevin Kay believes that Bellator should no longer be considered the “minor leagues” of MMA, and that Bellator is in fact on even ground with the UFC.
He spoke to MMAFighting:
“I don’t think we’re a minor league at all. That’s just lawyers talking. They have to position stuff a certain way.”
“We’re right on an even footing [with the UFC], I believe. We’re certainly not the minor leagues. Obviously, they are the market leaders right now, but I think Bellator is stepping up in a big way.”
“I think that San Diego fight really showed off what the potential was. Tito and Stephan, whether you like them or not, they did a great job promoting that fight.”
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