"UFC Ultimate 100: Greatest Fights" Averages 1.3 Million Viewers

Written by Tom Ngo
July 14th, 2009

According to Spike TV, last week’s “UFC Ultimate 100: Greatest Fights” special was a “ratings hit” for both them and the UFC. The five-part series, which debuted on Sunday July 5th, averaged 1.3 million viewers, garnering a 1.0 household rating.

To no surprise, another UFC broadcast drew solid numbers in their key demographics, earning an average rating of 1.3 among Men 18-34, and a 1.4 rating among Men 25-34.

The UFC opened up the voting polls on May 1st, allowing fans to choose from a list of 181 candidates selected by Spike TV and the UFC.

You could have went old school with it and picked the groundbreaking battle that helped start this obsession we call MMA by going with Royce Gracie vs. Ken Shamrock at UFC 1, or you could have even choose the instant classic between Diego Sanchez and Clay Guida from last month’s “The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale.”

Spike TV allowed fans to rate each of the bouts on a scale from one-to-ten Octagons. One Octagon represented a “Standard” tussle, while a perfect 10 Octagons represented an “Epic” clash.

The greatest-ever Octagon fight, as voted by us fans, was the watershed tussle between Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar during the finals of  “The Ultimate Fighter 1”  in 2005.

Griffin squeaked out a close unanimous decision that night, however both fighters left the cage with six-figure UFC contracts in tow.

UFC brass have long considered that scrap to be their most important in launching the UFC into mainstream acceptance, and the fans agree.

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