UFC on FUEL TV 3 ratings draw 173,000 viewers

May 15, 2012; Fairfax, VA, USA; Michael Buffer studies the under card during the Korean zombie vs Poirier event at Patriot Center. Mandatory Credit: Rafael Suanes-US PRESSWIRE

Let's see if I can get this story on ratings posted without ending up in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White's next video blog.

"Nostradumbass, you know I like you, I respect you, but you just lost the Mania Money Pool and you want to give us business advice?"

The preliminary numbers are in for the UFC on FUEL TV 3 event, which broadcasted live from the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia on Tuesday, May 15, 2012.

And they're the lowest yet, according to Sherdog.com (blame game!):

UFC on FUEL TV 3 captured an average of 173,000 viewers during the cable network's six-fight broadcast on Tuesday night. The viewership number continues a downward trend for the promotion's FUEL TV live shows, as the first two installments of the series attracted 217,000 and 197,000 viewers in February and April, respectively.

Doom and gloom?

"Korean Zombie vs. Poirier" was headlined by an exciting featherweight contender's fight featuring Chan Sung Jung vs. Dustin Poirier and was anchored by a co-main event of Amir Sadollah vs. Jorge Lopez. While none of the main card players were household names among casual mixed martial arts (MMA) fans, the event, as a whole, delivered fireworks from top to bottom.

Unfortunately, not everyone was impressed.

If you happen to fall outside of the 173,000 viewers who were savvy enough to tune in for a rare midweek event, don't get FUEL TV or (gasp) actually had plans on Tuesday night, you can see what all the fuss is about by clicking here and here.

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