UFC’s second effort on Fuel TV earned an average of 197,000
viewers for its Saturday night broadcast on the Fox-owned cable
Bellator 65 netted 163,000 viewers on average last Friday night
Sherdog.com confirmed the numbers with an industry source on
UFC on Fuel TV 2 represents a small decline for the Las
Vegas-based promotion, which attracted 217,000 viewers during
UFC on Fuel TV 1 in February. Nevertheless, the telecast still
topped the preliminary card figures produced by Fuel TV’s broadcast
of both UFC on FX cards this year, which earned 148,000 and 113,000
average viewers on Jan. 20 and March 3, respectively.
Headlined by a light heavyweight confrontation between Swedish
Gustafsson and hard-hitting American Top Team representative
Silva, UFC on Fuel TV 2 marked the promotion’s inaugural trip
to Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm. Gustafsson cruised to a
unanimous nod over Silva in the main event, using his superior
length and footwork to sway the judges in his favor.
One night prior, Bellator 65 showcased an exciting bantamweight
title bout pitting Zach
Makovsky against Eduardo
Dantas. Dantas took Makovsky’s championship at Boardwalk Hall
in Atlantic City, N.J., rendering the American unconscious with an
arm-triangle choke to capture the gold. Like the UFC broadcast,
Bellator 65 also represented a slight downturn: The previous week’s
Bellator 64 attracted a season-high 175,000 viewers.