UFC 126 ratings: 'Silva vs Belfort' prelims broadcast draws 2 million viewers on Spike TV

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Spike TV's "UFC Prelims" special for UFC 126: "Silva vs. Belfort" on Feb. 5 drew two million viewers, which broke the record for viewership since the promotion started airing prelims with UFC 103, according to Sherdog.com.

The two fight broadcast from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, featured Donald Cerrone successfully debuting in the Octagon with a second round submission win over Paul Kelly while Chad Mendes did the same, outwrestling and out-pointing Michihiro Omigawa en route to a decision victory. 

"UFC Prelims" pulled a 1.2 household rating including a very respectable 1.7 rating among the coveted demographics of men 18-34 and 18-49.

The previous record for viewership for the Spike TV special broadcast was 1.7 million viewers brought in by UFC 109.

UFC 126 went down on Feb. 5 in Las Vegas, Nevada and featured Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva defending his title in spectacular fashion with a brutal front kick knockout against Vitor Belfort. This while movie star Steven Seagal looked on in reverence at his "student" executed the kick he perfected.

The event also saw Jon Jones derail the hype train of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season 8 winner Ryan Bader with a second round submission win. "Bones" was then given the opportunity to fight Mauricio "Shogun" Rua for the light heavyweight title at UFC 128 on March 19 in New Jersey.

Yes, please.

Forrest Griffin also got back in the win column with a decision victory over Rich Franklin in the co-main event while Miguel Torres debuted in the UFC with a tactical performance that earned him a decision win over Antonio Banuelos.

For complete UFC 126 results and blow-by-blow coverage of the main card action click here and here.

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