Ratings Report: UFC 154 Prelims Draw 980,000 Viewers on FX, Bellator 81 Pulls 149,000 on MTV2
preliminary card averaged 980,000 viewers during Saturday’s
broadcast on the FX network, while
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
Makdessi and Antonio
Carvalho pick up wins over Chad Griggs,
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
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
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
Tirloni in the evening’s co-main event.
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