The UFC 198 prelims on FOX Sports 1 went head-to-head with Bellator 154’s main card on Spike TV this past Saturday night and the UFC show delivered the larger audience, though only by a small margin.
UFC 198’s preliminary card drew an average of 786,000 viewers, which was actually the lowest rating for a UFC PPV event so far this year.
That’s a little disappointing given that this was a strong undercard line-up, headlined by Demian Maia Vs Matt Brown, with the likes of Thiago Santos Vs Nate Marquardt, Francisco Trinaldo Vs Yancy Medeiros and John Lineker Vs Rob Font backing it up.
However, the UFC prelims did still outperform Bellator 154 which drew 709,000 viewers, 67,000 viewers less than their rivals despite Spike TV being in nine million more homes than FS1.
That’s still a decent number for the promotion though, particularly due to the fact that they were going up against the UFC, but at the same time they were offering up one of their strongest main events in a while, with Phil Davis fighting Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal. That being said, the rest of Bellator’s main card was relatively weak.
The UFC show also outdid Bellator’s offering in the key 18-49 year-old demographic, with 399,000 tuning into the former, and 346,000 for the latter.