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UFC on Versus 4 ratings worse than Spike TV broadcast of 'Marquardt vs Palhares'

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Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

In the war to settle no score, the winner is ... Spike TV -- barely. 

Currently embroiled in negotiations with UFC and at times acting as though the relationship is over, Spike TV counter programmed the UFC on Versus 4 event that aired this past Sunday night (June 26) at 9 p.m. ET.

A rebroadcast of UFC Fight Night 22 drew an average audience of 793,000 viewers while the "Kongo vs. Barry" event garnered 744,000 views for its live broadcast on the Versus channel, according to Sherdog

Of course, UFC on Versus 4 was one of the most ravaged fight cards in recent memory, with injuries and various other circumstances clouding the show.

The most notable of which being Nate Marquardt and his testosterone replacement therapy preventing him from competing, the announcement of which came just one day before the event was set to air.

Nonetheless, Spike TV wins the battle with a broadcast that showcased "The Great's" victory over Rousimar Palhares back in Sept. 2010. 

UFC on Versus 4 featured a re-worked main event pitting Cheick Kongo against Pat Barry in a heavyweight attraction.

And for all the viewers that watched a replay of "Marquardt vs. Palhares," you missed out.

That's because Kongo delivered one of the greatest comeback knockout victories in UFC history, as he survived an early thrashing to put Barry to sleep with one smooth uppercut.


The event, which improved its viewership from 681,000 the last time it was on the Versus channel for the "Kampmann vs. Sanchez" event, also showcased Charlie Brenneman's impressive upset of Rick Story on just one day's notice.

Matt Mitirone and Matt Brown also took care of business by defeating Christian Morecraft and John Howard respectively.

For complete UFC on Versus 4 results and blow-by-blow coverage of all the night's action click here and here.