15th-season finale of “The Ultimate Fighter” attracted an
average of 1 million viewers on cable network FX, Sherdog.com
confirmed Tuesday with an industry source.
The undercard, which aired on Fuel TV immediately prior to FX’s
main draw offering, averaged 165,000 viewers and set a series high
for preliminary card broadcasts on the channel. Conversely, the 1
million viewers who tuned into FX ranked seventh out of eight total
live broadcasts on the network this year. Only the UFC 142 prelims,
which earned 880,000 viewers, rated lower.
Headlined by an exciting welterweight main event between Martin
Kampmann and Jake
Ellenberger, the card took place at the Palms Casino Resort in
Las Vegas. Ellenberger stunned Kampmann in the opening moments of
their headliner, sending the Dane reeling to the canvas against the
fence. However, “The Hitman” survived the early onslaught and came
back with a vengeance in round two, clipping Ellenberger with a
short right hand before finishing his foe against the cage with
knees from the clinch.
The FX telecast also saw Mike Chiesa
claim the “TUF 15” crown, as “Maverick” took Al
Iaquinta’s back and force the New Yorker to submit to a
first-round rear-naked choke in the evening’s co-headliner.
Holloway and Justin
Lawrence also picked up impressive wins.
The preliminary card was highlighted by a pair of first-round
finishes, as Myles Jury
Proctor stopped cast mates Chris
Saunders and Jeremy
Larsen. Season 15 veterans Daron
Cruickshank and Sam Sicilia
also emerged victorious during the Fuel TV offering, with
Cruickshank outpointing Chris
Tickle and Sicilia pounding out Cristiano