CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 28: Phil Davis prepares to enter the Octagon before his bout against Rashad Evans during the UFC on FOX event at United Center on January 28, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nick Laham/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images).
Last Saturday night's UFC on Fox 2 event, which emanated live from the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, finished strong with a 2.6 household rating, good enough for an average of 4.7 million viewers.
In addition, more than six million viewers piled on to watch the five-round main event featuring former Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans taking on then-undefeated up-and-comer Phil Davis.
That makes it the third most watched mixed martial arts (MMA) special in television history, behind the original UFC on Fox event last November and the EliteXC: "Primetime" telecast on CBS back in 2008.
Evans secured his place as light heavyweight number one contender with a five round unanimous decision win over Davis while Chael Sonnen also booked himself for a future middleweight title fight against Anderson Silva by outpointing Michael Bisping. Chris Weidman huffed and puffed his way to a split decision against Maia in the opening fight of the night.