UFC Fight Night 121, which went down last weekend (Sat., Nov. 18, 2017) in Sydney, Australia, and featured a Heavyweight bout between Fabricio Werdum and Marcin Tybura, pulled in a respectable number of viewers for the FOX Sports 1 televised event.
In fact, the prelim action nabbed the biggest total of viewers for a UFC Fight Night event since February of this year with 775,000. Ratings guru Dave Meltzer of MMA Fighting has the rest of the details.
Saturday night's UFC Sydney show, headlined by Fabricio Werdum's five-round decision win over Marcin Tybura, averaged 815,000 viewers. The number was almost identical to the 837,000 viewers the previous week for the more loaded show, UFC Norfolk, headlined by Dustin Poirier's win over Anthony Pettis. UFC Sydney also averaged 9,614 viewers streaming the show on FOX Sports GO and FOX Now. That number was down from the 13,891 average for the previous Saturday. The show peaked at 987,000 viewers for the Alexander Volkanovski decision win over Shane Young that opened the main card.
While not the greatest, it’s a decent win for the promotion, as television ratings and pay-per-view buys have taken a dip this year -- minus the returns of Jon Jones and Georges St-Pierre, of course (see those numbers here and here).
Furthermore, the the event wasn’t exactly exploding with star power, but did set a record for the longest running event in the promotions’ history, as 10 fights went the distance, and a total of three hours and 10 minutes of actual fighting time.
Of course, sports fans had to pick their flavor, as there was plenty of college football airing on various networks, giving UFC plenty of competition to fend off.
UFC will take a break from television this weekend (Sat., Nov. 25, 2017) , as UFC Fight Night 122: “Gastelum vs Bisping” — which takes place in Shanghai China — will air exclusivity on UFC Fight Pass.
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