UFC Fight Pass is approaching the end of its first year in existence, and a new report shows which fighters have been the most searched, and what scraps have been the most watched. Some of the findings are to be expected, and some of them are pretty, pretty interesting.
Yahoo Sports requested the information from the UFC, and lo and behold, the promotion handed it over. If you’re unaware of what exactly Fight Pass is, it’s a digital streaming service which allows subscribers to access the UFC’s extensive library of fights, as well as cards from other ZUFFA properties like PRIDE, Strikeforce and the WEC (may they rest in peace).
According to the follow up report from Yahoo, the most searched names in the service include Anderson Silva, TJ Dillashaw, Jon Jones, Mark Hunt, Nick Diaz, Daniel Cormier, Rory MacDonald, Ronda Rousey, Cain Velasquez and yes, Conor McGregor. Clearly all the hate and love that’s come McGregor’s way is being relayed via Fight Pass well.
In terms of scraps, the report says that Jones’ thrilling and tightly contested bout with Alexander Gustafsson last September is the most watched fight “by far”. If you’ve never seen that fight, which Jones won via unanimous decision, your life is incomplete.
Georges St-Pierres controversial, split decision win over Johny Hendricks last November is also on there, not surprisingly, as are McGregor’s fights with Marcus Brimage and Max Holloway (“Notorious” won both bouts).
The instant classic between Diego Sanchez and Gilbert Melendez from UFC 166 last October is also one of the most watched fights (Melendez won the fight via UD).
What’s interesting about the findings is that all of the most watched bout are relatively new. Not one of the fights took place prior to 2013.
The report also included the most watched fights, which didn’t take place under the UFC banner. What’s really interesting here is that five of the fights featured legendary heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko, during his storied run with PRIDE. Fedor’s victories over Kevin Randleman, Kazyuki Fujita, Mark Hunt, Mark Coleman and Mirko “Cro Cop” all made the list.
Looks like “The Last Emperor” can still draw eyeballs from retirement huh?
Nick Diaz’s scraps with Paul Daley, Frank Shamrock (during his days with Strikeforce) and Takanori Gomi (with PRIDE) are also amongst the top ten. The UFC vet won all three bouts.