Kimbo Slice-Dada 5000 fight drew Bellator record 2.5 million viewers
Kimbo Slice may be 42 years old and past his fighting prime, but there is no denying that he is still a draw.
Spike TV sent out a news release to Larry Brown Sports saying Friday night’s fight between Kimbo and Dada 5000 at Bellator 149 in Houston drew record numbers for the network. They say the fight averaged 2.5 million viewers, helping to make Bellator 149 the top-ranked telecast of the day for Men 18-34 in all of TV. The entire fight card averaged 2 million viewers. The card’s finale between Royce Gracie and Ken Shamrock drew 2.4 million viewers.
Proving what a draw Kimbo is for them, the Bellator livestream was 124 percent higher than the previous high mark, which came during Bellator 138 between Kimbo and Ken Shamrock.
Kimbo beat Dada 5000 with a third-round TKO in a fight that ended in bizarre fashion. The two fighters were barely standing by the end of the fight due to extreme fatigue. Dada 5000 was in such poor shape he seemed to go down because he was tired, not hurt. He was taken to the hospital after the fight where his heart reportedly stopped and he was in critical condition. Luckily he is now doing better and set to be out of the hospital at the end of the week.