Spike TV released the television rating from last Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 14, which featured current UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva’s first fight at the light heavyweight division, and the results were smashing. 3.8 million viewers tuned in to watch Silva’s 61 second dismantling of James Irvin.
At its peak, the telecast drew a 4.9 share among men (ages 25 to 34), and a 4.1 rating for men (ages 18 to 34). UFC fans clearly are intrigued by the Brazilian’s unique skills and superior striking ability. This was the champ’s first fight on free television since he made his debut on Spike TV just two years ago.
The dominate middleweight will now go back down to the 185-pound division to defend his title. It has been rumored that he will be facing Patrick Cote at UFC 88 on September 6th in Atlanta, Georgia. It was reported yesterday by Silva that he believes that will be his next fight as well.
Certainly the UFC could not be happier with the success that this last minute fight card achieved. July 19th was a significant day in MMA history as Affliction Entertainment made their debut that same night. Fight Night 14 was the UFC’s attempt to lure fans away from the start up promotion, and based on these numbers the free event may have worked.
The final Pay-Per-View numbers for Affliction: Banned will be made available later this week.