Maybe what people say about sequels not being as good as the original is true.
The UFC's second event on the Versus network this past Sunday night, August 1, was viewed by an average of 991,000 fight fans with a .86 HH rating according to MMA Payout. In comparison, the UFC's debut on Versus back in March earned a 1.1 HH rating with 1.24 million viewers, a decrease of over 20%.
UFC on Versus 2 was a card that fell somewhere in between the usual Ultimate Fight Night events and pay-per-view shows in terms of quality. The last UFN card which saw Kenny Florian easily dispose of Takanori Gomi averaged 1.6 million viewers on Spike TV, but it is impornat to note that Spike TV is available in approximately 25 million more homes.
In a more apples to apples comparison that paints these numbers in a positive light, WEC events that regularly air on Versus draw on average just a few hundred thousand viewers. While the UFC brand does not accompany those shows, the product is at least available to the same amount of prospective fans.
It's too bad more people didn't tune in to see Jon Jones continue his ascension to the top of the 205-pound division as he had a harder time finishing his breakfast the morning of the fight than he did his actual opponent, Vladimir Matyushenko. A star was indeed born.
For a complete recap of UFC on Versus 2, click here.