The ratings for Saturday’s “WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber” are in, with the event’s live preliminary card broadcast on Spike TV drawing 1 million viewers, while World Extreme Cagefighting’s pay-per-view debut garnered between 150,000 to 200,000 buys, according to Heavy.com.
Featuring Anthony Pettis vs. Alex Karalexis and Leonard Garcia vs. Chan Sung Jung, the WEC 48 prelims fell short of the 1.2 million who tuned in for UFC 111 prelims on Spike last month, but are still regarded as a success for the first-ever prelim broadcast for the UFC’s sister promotion.
The pay-per-view figures were even more surprising, as most observers expected the event, which was headlined by featherweight champ Jose Aldo vs. former title-holder Urijah Faber, to earn around 100,000 buys, though UFC President Dana White issued an admittedly optimistic guess of 150,000 earlier this month.
While the event was simply promoted under the “Aldo vs. Faber” title due to television agreements, another WEC pay-per-view appears likely following an impressive debut effort.
Pictured: Jose Aldo and Urijah Faber