“Brown vs. Faber 2” attracts more than six million viewers

World Extreme Cagefighting’s telecast of “Faber vs. Brown 2” on Sunday, June 7, garnered a 1.1 national HH rating and made Versus the top-rated cable network in the country among all key male demographics according to a press release received by PRO MMA (promma.info) on Friday.

The fight between WEC Featherweight Champion Mike Thomas Brown and Urijah Faber was billed as “the most anticipated featherweight championship re-match in MMA history.” Faber, who had been on a 13-fight win streak, lost his title to Brown last November at WEC 36 from a first round knockout and was granted an immediate rematch.

Brown and Faber squared off at Arco Arena in Faber’s hometown of Sacramento, Calif. this past Sunday in the main event. The rematch attracted a ton of hype, and halfway through round one, fans knew they were watching a classic unfold.

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The Ultimate Fighter season nine premiere delivers best ratings in years

The premiere episode of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER season 9 took place Wednesday night, April 1st, immediately following UFC FIGHT NIGHT 18 on SPIKE TV.

Over the past few seasons, MMA fans have voiced concern the theme of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER series has grown stale. Whether brought about by the hijinx and antics or maybe even a perceived lack of skill of the participants, the MMA community seems to have grown more or less apathetic toward the SPIKE TV series.

Apparently 1.8 million viewers last Wednesday night did not get the memo. That is how many people tuned in to watch the season premiere of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: U.S. vs. U.K. It drew a rating of 1.8 in males 18-49, a 2.1 in males 18-34, and a 2.7 in males 25-34.

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UFC 91 replay on Spike TV pulls big numbers

 As many MMA fans know, the UFC aired the replay of UFC 91 (originally broadcast live on PPV Nov. 15th) on Spike TV, in which Brock Lesnar defeated Randy Couture for the UFC Heavyweight Title, as a counter-program to Affliction’s Day of Reckoning on Jan. 24th. According to Spike TV’s press release on Tuesday, the number of viewers was impressive.

The “free” cable premiere was the highest rated show among Men 18-34 in all of television (broadcast or cable) in its time slot on Saturday, January 24 (9:00-11:30pm ET/PT). UFC 91 peaked at 3.3 million viewers at 11:15, easily making UFC 91 the most-watched taped UFC event in network history.

The entire card, which included Kenny Florian defeating Joe Stevenson, Demien Maia choking out Nate Quarry, and Jeremy Stephens KO’ing Rafael dos Anjos via a monstrous uppercut, drew a 1.7 household rating and a 1.8 among M18-49 (991,000), a 1.8 among M18-34 (508,000) and had an average audience of 2.3 million viewers.

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Despite FEG’s push, still low ratings for Dynamite!!

The popularity of MMA in Japan continues to decline. The sport seemed on top of the world in Japan during the days of PRIDE. Even though there are many similarities between today’s top Japanese MMA organizations and PRIDE, there is something amiss.

This fact was shown no more clearly than it was on what should have been MMA’s biggest night of the year in Japan, the New Year’s Eve Dynamite!! event.

Here is a report on the television ratings for this year’s Dynamite!! card.  Here are the numbers broken down into three parts:

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Elite XC: Heat – fighter salaries, ratings, & live gate

According to the Florida State Boxing Commission, here are the fighter salaries for Elite XC: Heat which took place on Saturday, Oct. 4 at the Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla.:


  • Seth Petruzelli ($50,000/win bonus was $15,000) def. Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson ($500,000/win bonus would have been $100,000)


  • Jake Shields ($50,000/win bonus was $10,000) def. Paul Daley ($12,000)
  • Andrei Arlovski ($500,000) def. Roy Nelson ($80,000)
  • Gina Carano ($25,000/win bonus was $10,000) def. Kelly Kobald-Gavin ($6,000)
  • Benji Radach ($30,000/win bonus was $15,000) def. Murilo Rua ($35,000)

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At least as far as ratings go, it will be called a success and the most watched MMA show of all time. Here’s the latest report from Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer: “Elite XC a huge success The show did a 2.7 rating in prime time based on the fast nationals. The final rating … Read more


by:  Jack Bratcher Dave Meltzer from The Wrestling Observer has this report: “We don’t have a rating yet, but the news is very encouraging.The half-hours in the 18-49 demo were 1.4, 1.6, 2.1 and 2.4. The first hour was nothing impressive but the second hour was the highest rated in the demo on television for … Read more