The UFC took a break from their pay-per-view format on Saturday night, with UFC 120: Bisping Vs Akiyama airing for free via tape delay on Spike TV.
The show pulled in an average of 1.9 million viewers on the station, down 1 million from UFC 105: Couture Vs Vera in November of 2009.
The ratings slide does not come as a great surprise given that the card was criticized by fans for having a lack of star power – with the UFC relying heavily on their big name UK fighters like Michael Bisping and Dan Hardy to carry the London, England show.
Here’s how the UFC has faired with it’s last three tape-delayed events from the UK on Spike:
- UFC 95: Sanchez Vs Stevenson – 2.4 million viewers
- UFC 105: Couture Vs Vera – 2.9 million viewers
- UFC 120: Bisping Vs Akiyama – 1.9 million viewers
Still, the ratings for the promotion’s most recent show on Spike TV still far surpass what they have been able to produce on the Versus network, with ‘UFC On Versus 2: Jones Vs Matyushenko’ drawing an average of just 991,000 viewers.
The UFC will also take heart from the fact that UFC 120 broke the European attendance record with 17,133 fans packing the O2 Arena on Saturday night.