The UFC 154 preliminary card averaged 980,000 viewers during Saturday’s broadcast on the FX network, while Bellator 81 drew 149,000 observers the night prior on MTV2.

Sherdog.com verified the viewership figures with an industry source on Tuesday. UFC 154 took place at the Bell Centre in Montreal and was headlined by a welterweight title unification bout between returning champion Georges St. Pierre and interim belt holder Carlos Condit. St. Pierre retained his title to close the show, surviving a third-round knockdown to take a unanimous decision from “The Natural Born Killer.”

The show’s two-hour preliminary card broadcast featured four contests and saw Cyrille Diabate, John Makdessi and Antonio Carvalho pick up wins over Chad Griggs, Sam Stout and Rodrigo Damm, respectively. The undercard also featured a controversial finish, as Alessio Sakara was disqualified for landing repeated hammerfists to the back of Patrick Cote’s head.

The UFC 154 viewership number falls in the middle of the pack for the promotion’s preliminary card broadcasts on FX and represents a slight decline from the UFC 153 showing, which averaged 1 million viewers last month. The network high was set by the UFC 148 prelims, which netted 1.8 million observers on July 7.

Meanwhile, Bellator 81 just edged the previous week’s installment, which averaged 148,000 viewers on MTV2. The Friday-night event, which took place at the Ryan Center in Kingston, R.I., was highlighted by Marcin Held’s second-round submission victory over UFC veteran Rich Clementi to advance to the Season 7 lightweight tournament finals. The Polish prospect will now meet fellow finalist Dave Jansen, who took a hard-fought split decision win over well-rounded Brazilian Ricardo Tirloni in the evening’s co-main event.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Video: Why Gabriel Green is worth watching on Saturday's Bellator 170 prelims

  • a day ago
  • 6 views

Saturday’s Bellator 170 preliminary card has a couple dozen fighters, ranging from young upstarts to proven vets. So why is young undefeated welterweight Gabriel Green worth watching?Filed under: Bel read news >>

No, Cain Velasquez is Not Out of His UFC 207 Fight with Fabricio Werdum | MMAWeekly.com

  • 27 days ago
  • 153 views

Despite a report that Cain Velasquez was out of his scheduled UFC 207 bout with Fabricio Werdum, he said he is "in shape and ready to go." read news >>

Bellator 170 lineup set with Derek Anderson-Derek Campos on main card, Ruth-Schneider on prelims

  • 22 days ago
  • 3 views

The lineup for next month’s Bellator 170 is official and complete with the addition of two more fights for card in Southern California.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

UFC 207: Bleacher Report Main Card Staff Predictions

  • 20 days ago
  • 24 views

At long last, Ronda Rousey is back and boy, does she look scary. The UFC women's bantamweight champion, Amanda Nunes, though? Well, just look at the state she left Miesha Tate in at UFC 200. This is read news >>

Bellator Responds to UFC's Holm vs. De Randamie Booking With a Featherweight Title Fight of Its Own | FIGHTLAND

  • 8 days ago
  • 1 views

Image via Instagram/marloescoenen Late last month, the UFC left us all scratching our heads by putting together its first ever women’s featherweight title fight without including the world’s premier read news >>

Marloes Coenen vs. Julia Budd title fight slated for Bellator 174

  • 10 days ago
  • 9 views

Just three weeks after the UFC crows its inaugural women’s featherweight champion, Bellator will do the same.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Bellator Responds to UFC's Holm vs. De Randamie Booking With a Featherweight Title Fight of Its Own | FIGHTLAND

  • 8 days ago
  • 1 views

Image via Instagram/marloescoenen Late last month, the UFC left us all scratching our heads by putting together its first ever women’s featherweight title fight without including the world’s premier read news >>

Ronda Rousey Interest Drives Huge UFC 207 TV Ratings Boost to FS1 | MMAWeekly.com

  • 15 days ago
  • 15 views

Interest in Ronda Rousey’s return to the Octagon at UFC 207 drove strong viewership to FS1 on Friday, Dec. 30. read news >>

That time Tito Ortiz met Chael Sonnen backstage at UFC 136, and how it (allegedly) led them to Bellator 170

  • 16 hours ago
  • 35 views

LOS ANGELES – Bellator light heavyweight Tito Ortiz remembers the day he walked into Chael Sonnen’s dressing room after Sonnen’s submission of Brian Stann at UFC 136.Filed under: Featured, Featured V read news >>

Bellator bidding for UFC free agent and 'TUF' winner Ryan Bader – but not Lorenz Larkin

  • 14 days ago
  • 24 views

Bellator will soon make a bid for one high-profile UFC free agent. But its interest in another apparently has waned. Filed under: Bellator, Featured, News, UFC, Videos read news >>