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 Jake 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 decision.
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, respectively.
“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.view original article >>
Each week viewers are reminded that “there are no rules” on the alternative audio feed known as SnoopCast, piloted by Snoop Dogg. Now the rap superstar may find out if that applies to his comments el read news >>
UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor has a plethora of career options following his loss to Floyd Mayweather.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>
Dana White’s Contender Series continues to prove its value as a pipeline for UFC talent, with a winner from this past week’s episode now competing in a UFC event this week.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>
UFC champion Conor McGregor weighs in on the disrespect that the boxing community showed him in his attempt to crossover into boxing. read news >>
The UFC’s October return to Brazil includes two new matchups and four colorful nicknames.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>
The lineup is set for the UFC’s return trip to Canada next month, including a pair of title fights at the top of the bill. Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>
Boxing great Sugar Ray Leonard gives his thoughts on the huge fight between UFC champion Conor McGregor and unbeaten boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. read news >>
A lightweight showdown between a pair of veterans with 24 UFC bonuses between them has been queued up UFC Fight Night 120 in Virginia.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>
Following Floyd "Money" Mayweather's 10th-round stoppage of UFC champion Conor McGregor on Saturday, a lot of people thought the fight was stopped prematurely. read news >>
Nate Diaz didn't walk out to the ring with Floyd Mayweather as some suspected going into Saturday night, but he definitely celebrated with him afterwards. Diaz attended the historic fight between May read news >>