So, the sky may not be falling, but the UFC’s latest offering on FX — UFC on FX 3: Johnson vs. McCall 2 – did draw fewer viewers than the promotion’s last two fight cards that aired on the network.
According to MMAWeekly, the main card broadcast on FX pulled in 1.1 million viewers, down slightly from the average maintained by both previous broadcasts, 1.35 million. The two-hour long preliminary card broadcast on Fuel TV also drew lower numbers than usual, with an average of 86,000 marking the first time that viewership has dropped below 100,000 for a Fuel TV or FX broadcast.
UFC on FX 3 took place on Friday, June 8, at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. The main event pitted Demetrious Johnson and Ian McCall against one another in a rematch to conclude the flyweight tournament semifinals. Johnson and McCall battled months before at UFC on FX 2, with the bout being scored a draw after incorrectly being announced a decision win for Johnson, robbing the fighters and the fans of a sudden death round.
This time around, Johnson clearly took a unanimous decision, leaving controversy out of the picture. With the win, Mighty Mouse goes on to face Joseph Benavidez for the vacant UFC flyweight title.