UFC 131’s Spike TV prelims special on Saturday night performed well with an average of 1.6 million viewers tuning in to see the hour long live show.

That places it at joint third as far as the preliminary shows on the station go since they first began back in September of 2009.

The broadcast also peaked at 1.8 million viewers and earned a 1.0 household rating.

Those who tuned in were well rewarded with UFC president Dana White later describing Sam Stout’s knockout of Yves Edwards in one of the two televised fights as “one of the nastiest I’ve ever seen.”

In the other live fight Chris Weidman also impressed with a first round standing guillotine-choke against Jesse Bongfeldt.

Despite a successful show the UFC’s current contract with Spike TV is up at the end of the year and rumors are rife that the promotion are set to part company with them, with a buyout of rival station G4 TV being amongst their other potential options.

Further reports indicate that Spike are already planning for the future without the UFC, and may be preparing to bring on board Bellator Fighting Championships which currently airs on MTV2 as a replacement.