Ultimate Fighting Championship attracted more than 2 million
total viewers to the FX network for event broadcasts on Friday and
Sherdog.com recently confirmed with an industry source that
UFC on FX 6 averaged 972,000 viewers, while
“The Ultimate Fighter” Season 16 finale attracted 1.3 million
observers for its main card broadcast the following night. The
undercards for both events aired live on Fuel TV and earned 96,000
and 104,000 viewers, respectively.
UFC on FX 6 took place at Gold Coast Convention Centre in Gold
Coast, Australia, and saw Ross
Pearson earn a third-round technical knockout over fellow “TUF:
Australia vs. U.K.” coach George
Sotiropoulos in the evening’s main event. The following night,
“TUF 16” coach Roy Nelson
knocked out injury replacement Matt
Mitrione in the first frame of their headlining bout at The
Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
Bellator Fighting Championships also held its Season 7 finale on
Friday, marking the end of the Viacom-owned promotion’s run on
MTV2. According to Sherdog.com’s source, 191,000 viewers tuned in
to catch Russian prospect Alexander
Volkov grind out a five-round, unanimous decision victory over
the hard-hitting Richard
Hale to become both the Season 7 tournament winner and the new
Bellator heavyweight champion.
The show took place at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond,
Ind., and marked a significant viewership increase from Bellator
83, which earned just 105,000 observers the week prior. This week’s
figure represents the second largest viewership for the promotion
during Season 7, only falling short of the 220,000 viewers
attracted by Bellator 79 on Nov. 2.