UFC on Fuel TV 1 earned an average of 217,000 viewers for its
three-hour Wednesday night broadcast on the Fox-owned cable
Sherdog.com confirmed the viewership figure Friday morning with an
industry source, who also revealed that Spike TV earned 694,000 and
661,000 average viewers during repeat broadcasts of “The Ultimate
Fighter” Season 13 finale and “UFC Unleashed,” resulting in an
overall average of approximately 678,000 observers.
Headlined by an exciting three-round welterweight clash between
Ellenberger and Diego
Sanchez, UFC on Fuel 1 took place at the Omaha Civic Auditorium
in Omaha, Neb. “The Juggernaut” emerged victorious in the main
event, holding off a late charge from Sanchez to earn a unanimous
Broadcast during a free preview weekend for Fuel TV, the event also
saw heavyweight Stefan
Struve overcome a slow start to knock out Dave Herman
in the second round of their co-headlining attraction.
Additionally, prospect Stipe
Miocic and veteran Ivan
Menjivar both earned bonus-worthy finishes at the event,
stopping Philip De
Fries and John Albert,
“TUF 14” finalist T.J.
Dillashaw also impressed at the Feb. 15 event, pounding on a
game but overmatched Walel
Watson en route to a unanimous nod. Rounding out the main draw
was a hard-fought middleweight contest that saw Ronny
Markes edge Aaron
Simpson in a split decision.
Fuel TV’s 217,000 average viewers marks a new high for a live fight
broadcast on the channel. Currently available in roughly 36 million
homes, Fuel TV previously attracted 148,000 and 144,000 viewers
during preliminary card broadcasts for UFC
on FX 1 and UFC
on Fox 2, respectively.
Longtime broadcast partners with Spike TV, the
UFC parted ways with the cable station last year in favor of
signing a seven-year broadcast deal with Fox Networks. Spike TV is
expected to become the eventual home of
Bellator Fighting Championships, which is currently broadcast
on fellow Viacom properties MTV2 and Epix. Spike TV is available in
approximately 100 million homes nationwide.