Bellator 185: “Mousasi vs. Shlemenko” came to Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., on Oct. 20, 2017, featuring two fighters with more than 100 combined fights between them as former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) standout Gegard Mousasi faced ex-Middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko.

It was a closely contested main event that led to a controversial decision, which inspired Gegard Mousasi to tell people to get in line to do something other than complain. Whether or not Spike TV will complain about the ratings is something that fight fans and others can debate at will.

The Spike TV-televised show on Friday night drew an average of 523,000 viewers, but the main event between Mousasi and Shlemenko increased that by a quarter-million, peaking at 792,000 viewers (DVR +3) overall.

Before the fight Mousasi was promised the winner of “Carvalho vs. Sakara” in December. And he can now argue that he’s proven his worth as a draw for a title shot, but Shlemenko has a beef that’s probably not going away any time soon.

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