The second event in Fuel TV history took place this past weekend in Stockholm, Sweden, an event which saw native Alexander Gustafsson defeat Thiago Silva in the main event. The first event in Omaha, Nebraska took place in February, and drew 217,000 viewers. Saturday’s event saw its numbers fall, with the average number of viewers dropping a tad to 197,000.
The main reason for the drop is likely due to the time difference, with the event kicking off around 1230 PM on Saturday afternoon on the east coast. The main card began at 3 PM on Fuel TV, with most live events taking place around 9 or 10 PM.
Regardless, Fuel TV has remained satisfied with the numbers the channel has registered since the UFC’s deal with Fox began late last year. The channel, which actually launched in 2003, has seen its ratings increase significantly since it began to air UFC programming. The channel has also begun broadcasting in over 6 million more homes since the beginning of the year.
The next UFC on Fuel TV event, aptly named UFC on Fuel TV 3, takes place on May 15th in Fairfax, Virginia. The headlining bout is a featherweight matchup between Dustin Poirier and Chan Sung Jung aka “The Korean Zombie”.