The live Spike TV broadcast of Saturday’s UFC
“Fight for the Troops 2” earned an average of 1.85 million
viewers. The event, which took place at Fort Hood in Killeen,
Texas, also garnered a 1.3 household rating and peaked with 2.5
A replay of the event, shown immediately after the live airing,
earned a 0.5 rating and garnered an additional 632,000 viewers.
Sherdog.com confirmed the ratings with Spike TV executives on
Tuesday. The numbers were first reported by MMAJunkie.com.
Headlined by a lightweight bout between Melvin
Guillard and Evan Dunham,
the show was attended by approximately 3,200 members of the United
States Armed Forces and served as a fundraiser for the Intrepid
Fallen Heroes Fund.
In the evening’s main event, Guillard shocked oddsmakers by
dropping Dunham with a laser-like right hand midway through the
first round. From that point, the outcome was elementary, as
Guillard finished his opponent with a flurry of punches and a nasty
knee from the Thai plum.
The card also featured a pair of heavyweight clashes, as former K-1
talent Pat Barry chopped down Joey
Beltran, and Matt
Mitrione used great movement to dispose of Tim Hague.
Lightweight Yves Edwards
earned two post-fight bonuses for his efforts against “The Ultimate
Fighter” Season 12 alum Cody
McKenzie, as Edwards took home both “Submission of the Night”
and “Fight of the Night” honors. Edwards escaped a scare early in
the second frame, during which the lanky Alaskan took his back,
only to reverse the position and sink in a fight-ending rear-naked
choke of his own. Edwards’ bout, along with three other preliminary
contests, was streamed live over social networking site
Hominick cemented his status as the UFC’s top featherweight
contender, as the Canadian destroyed George Roop
with a lightning-quick, 88-second knockout. Rounding out the main
card was a lightweight affair between Matt Wiman
Miller that saw Wiman bully Miller for three rounds en route to
a unanimous decision victory.