UFC on Fox 5 broadcast peaked with 5.7 million viewers during
the evening’s lightweight title headliner, network officials
According to the official release, the main card broadcast averaged
4.4 million viewers, a considerable increase from Sunday’s initial
estimate of 3.4 million. The viewership figure tops the UFC’s
previous two efforts on Fox’s flagship network, which each netted
2.4 million viewers. UFC on Fox 5 still trails the first and second
cards in the series, which attracted 5.7 million and 4.7 million
Saturday night’s event took place at Seattle’s KeyArena and saw
lightweight champion Benson
Henderson successfully defend his belt against a game but
overmatched challenger in Nate Diaz.
Henderson damaged Diaz’s eye early in the bout, an injury which
affected the Californian throughout the five-round contest.
“Smooth” floored Diaz twice and continually used his wrestling to
put the southpaw on his back while defending submission attempts en
route to retaining his title via unanimous decision.
The four-fight main card also saw Swedish prospect Alexander
Gustafsson take one step closer to a title shot by earning a
unanimous decision over former champion Mauricio
MacDonald and Matt Brown
also emerged victorious on Saturday, earning wins over B.J. Penn and
Swick to kick off the Fox broadcast.
The Las Vegas-based promotion returns to network television on Jan.
26, when Demetrious
Johnson defends his flyweight title against John Dodson
in the main event of UFC on Fox 6 at the United Center in Chicago.