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UFC 194 'Prelims' ratings for 'Aldo vs McGregor' sets new record on FOX Sports 1

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Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight contender Urijah Faber likes fighting on the FOX Sports 1 "Prelims" (his words) because it brings him more exposure and from a business perspective, makes more sense for his career.

I'm sure the feeling is mutual.

Especially when the network sets new ratings records with "The California Kid" at the helm, as it recently did with UFC 194 this past Saturday (Dec. 12, 2015) leading into the "Aldo vs. McGregor" pay-per-view (PPV) event in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Faber took a unanimous decision win over the venerable Frankie Saenz (recap).

According to Nielsen sources, by way of our friends at The MMA Report, the UFC 194 "Prelims" averaged 1,931,000 viewers, making it the most-watched UFC PPV preliminary card since the promotion debuted on FOX Sports 1. The previous high was 1,554,000 for UFC 168: "Weidman vs. Silva 2."

The Heisman Trophy presentation on ESPN captured cable's top spot with 3,062,000 viewers.

For much more on UFC 194 click here.