Headlined by two ageing veterans, Randy Couture and Mark Coleman, there have been concerns that Saturday’s UFC 109 event may struggle to generate solid pay per view numbers.

The UFC did however get a boost this week with the news, courtesy of mmapayout.com, that the Countdown preview for the event on Spike pulled in an impressive 881,000 viewers.  That significantly outperforms the 559,000 who tuned in for the UFC 108 preview show at the turn of the year, and only UFC 100 has pulled in more viewers (1.1 million) in recent times.

The figure doesn’t necessarily suggest that the popularity of the upcoming PPV event has been underestimated however, as the countdown show had a strong lead-in via a Brock Lesnar: UFC unleashed repeat, followed by a replay of the UFC 107 event which earned an impressive 2.2 million viewers.

Still it’s a positive sign for the UFC, and the hope will be that some of the additional viewers who caught the preview will now go on to buy the PPV event on Saturday night.

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