5/17 MMA News and Notes
May 17, 2012 - by Alex Peredo
~ This past Friday’s Bellator 68 event averaged 169,000 viewers on MTV2. That’s up from the 165,000 viewers who tuned in a week prior, and it also bested the previous average of 150,500 viewers over the season’s first eight events. Of Bellator’s nine season-six events to date, Bellator 68 tied for the third-best ratings.
~ UFC/ProElite lightweight veteran Waylon Lowe improved to 13-4 with a TKO victory over Mike Diggs at 3:13 into Round 2. This bout was for “Pure MMA 2,” held last Saturday night in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He’s won 3 straight bouts. Lowe went 2-2 during his 1-year UFC tenure.
~ UFC president Dana White will on Friday announce Urijah Faber’s new opponent for UFC 148, where “The California Kid” and the soon-to-be-named foe will compete for the newly minted UFC interim bantamweight title. The replacement slot was necessitated when opposing coach and current bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz was forced to bow out of the card with a blown ACL.
~ UFC on FUEL TV 3 will re-air this Saturday at 11 pm/ET on FUEL TV. The 3-hour broadcast will be preceded by a pre-fight show. The event drew 173,000 viewers.
~ WWE Tough Enough participant Jeremiah Riggs (7-6 MMA, 1-1 BFC) returns to Bellator next Friday to face middleweight Kelvin Tiller (3-0 MMA, 1-0 BFC). The bout occurs on the preliminaries. Bellator 70 takes place next Saturday, May 25, at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans