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.