Spike TV's "UFC Prelims" special for UFC 136: "Edgar vs. Maynard 3" on Oct. 8, 2011, averaged one million viewers, the worst in the history of the show and down big from the 1.6 million it scored for the UFC 135: "Jones vs. Rampage" undercard offering back on Sept. 24.
The two fight broadcast from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, featured former WEC champion Anthony Pettis finally picking up his first victory inside the Octagon with an uneventful decision win over Jeremy Stephens.
Big names, boring fights, low ratings.
"UFC Prelims" for Oct. 8 pulled in a 0.8 household rating, including a 1.0 in males 18-49 and a 1.24 in males 18-34.
UFC 136 featured Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar finally figuring out "The Answer" to finished his own personal "Bully" by knocking out Gray Maynard in the fourth round of their third and decisive fight to end possibly the greatest trilogy in mixed martial arts history.
Sure was fun, fellas.
Jose Aldo defended his featherweight strap in the co-main event, successfully staving off the hard charging Kenny Florian. "Ken Flo," who has now lost three title shots across two weight classes during his illustrious career is left to pick up the pieces of his shattered dreams.
And let's not forget about Chael Sonnen, who ran through Brian Stann with ease before laying down the gauntlet on Anderson Silva in what some are calling the greatest post-fight interview in UFC history.
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