Despite airing via tape delay, Saturday’s UFC 122: Marquardt Vs Okami broadcast from Germany drew an average of 2.2 million viewers on Spike TV the station revealed today.
That’s up 300,000 from last months UFC 120: Bisping Vs Akiyama event held in the UK which also aired via tape delay. It’s still some way short of November last year though when UFC 105: Couture Vs Vera brought an average of 2.9 million viewers to the channel.
The show also scored a 1.4 household rating, and as usual performed very well amongst male demographics, with a 2.0 amongst men 18-49 and a 2.16 for males between 18-34.
Given that the card had been widely criticized for featuring a lack of big name stars and meaningful fights these numbers are likely to be well received by both the UFC and Spike.
The only disappointment is that the actual show left a lot to be desired. The fact that the co-main event between Jorge Rivera and Alessio Sakara had to be canceled due to injury didn’t help, and combined with a lackluster main event some fans and critics are calling this the low point of the year for the promotion quality wise.
Even Dana White couldn’t hide his displeasure at the main event in particular, though he did reserve special praise for Germany’s Dennis Siver who did a star turn in the improvised co-main event against Andre Winner, knocking him down with punches in the first round and then finishing with a submission.