The relentless bickering between “Ultimate Fighter 10” coaches
Evans and Quinton
“Rampage” Jackson has proven to be a draw for Spike TV.
“UFC Primetime: Rampage vs. Evans ” garnered a record-high 1.2
million average viewers (0.9 overall rating) for its first episode
Wednesday, according to the cable network.
The three-part series offers a behind-the-scenes look at the
preparation of both former light heavyweight champions as they
ready for their previously postponed bout at UFC 114 UFC 114 on May
29 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Jackson and Evans had previously been scheduled to face off at UFC
107 on Dec. 12 in Memphis, Tenn., to culminate their turns as rival
coaches on Spike TV’s “The Ultimate Fighter 10” this past fall.
However, Jackson bowed out of the matchup to take a lead role as
“B.A. Baracus” in the major motion picture “The A-Team,” which will
get a wide release in theatres on June 11.
Past “Primetime” series documented St. Pierre’s two title defenses
against former UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn and
Hardy. “St.Pierre-Penn” drew an average audience of 880,000
viewers in its debut episode, while “St. Pierre-Hardy” notched 1
million viewers in its first installment.
“UFC Primetime” will air two additional episodes on May 17 and May
24 at 11:00 p.m. EST/PST.