The UFC has concluded their first year on FOX with a bang. After posting fairly disappointing numbers in their last two primetime shows, last Saturday’s “UFC on FOX: Henderson vs. Diaz” card bounced back nicely by garnering an average of 4.4 million viewers.
The broadcast peaked with 5.7 million viewers during the main event between lightweight champion Benson Henderson (Pictured) and Nate Diaz. Bendo successfully retained his crown by taking a lopsided unanimous decision.
Alexander Gustafsson dominated former light heavyweight champ Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in the co-main attraction.
Overall, the lineup was the most star-studded the promotion has offered on free television.
Not a bad way for the UFC to end the first year of a reported seven year, $90 million deal with FOX.
After capturing a solid 5.7 million viewers in last November’s debut, the numbers had steadily declined for the planet’s premier mixed martial arts promotion. UFC on FOX 2 in January garnered 4.7 million viewers, while UFC on FOX 3 and UFC on FOX 4 each notched just 2.4 million viewers.
The Octagon’s first FOX card of 2013 takes place January 26th inside United Center in Chicago, Illinois. Flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson breaks in his freshly-minted belt against John Dodson in the card’s featured bout.
In addition, former light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson meets Glover Teixeira and lightweights Donald Cerrone and Anthony Pettis will be showcased.