UFC 160 featured a card that was stacked with several compelling and an all star bouts, and the preliminary card reportedly pulled solid, and yet average ratings for FX.
According to a report from MMA Fighting.com’s Dave Meltzer, the UFC 160 prelims drew an average of 1.3 million viewers. That’s approximately the same amount of folks that tuned in to watch UFC on FX 8 on May 18th (yes, the night Vitor Belfort blasted Luke Rockhold “with that kick”).
The two hour prelim broadcast for UFC 160 featured Mike Pyle scoring a split decision win over Rick Story, Khabib Nurmagomedov tossing around Abel Trujillo for the UD win, Dennis Bermudez squeaking by Max Holloway with a split decision, and Robert Whittaker stopping Colton Smith.
So, does this mean that the pay-per-view numbers for the card will also be average? As Meltzer notes, prelim ratings aren’t often the best indicator of how a main card draws, although there can be a correlation.
It will be interesting to see what the main card pulls in PPV buys, as it did feature a highly anticipated bout between Junior dos Santos and Mark Hunt, but the main event between Cain Velasquez and “Bigfoot” Silva didn’t appear to have a lot of buzz going in.
Both the heavyweight champ Velasquz and dos Santos emerged with victories, setting in motion a third bout between the two, which one would think will sell a ton of PPV buys.