Sunday night’s WEC 49 event in Alberta, Canada appears not to have captured the public’s imagination with an average of just 244,000 viewers tuning in on Versus for the two hour show, mmajunkie reports.
That’s the lowest ratings the WEC has experienced for two years, with the closest comparison being WEC 45: Cerrone Vs Ratcliff which drew 330,000 last year.
It’s perhaps not entirely unexpected as on paper this was a card lacking in star power. As main eventer and former lightweight champion Jamie Varner stated pre-fight, his opponent Kamal Shalorus was, “the toughest fighter you’ve never heard of.” The show was also the last in a particularly busy week of MMA events with Strikeforce LA on Wednesday and The Ultimate Fighter on the night before.
Despite that fact the main event did provide a peak of 324,000 viewers.
In general the card wasn’t as stacked as in the past, but as always what it did deliver big on was entertainment with a number of excellent fights on the televised portion of the event.
Though the numbers will be a disappointment for the promotion they can take heart from the previous WEC 48 card which marked a successful move onto pay-per-view with aprox 200,000 buys and 1 million tuning in to see the prelims on Spike TV.
They should also bounce back strongly in August with their 50th show which also airs on Versus and features the return of bantamweight champion Dominic Cruz and former featherweight champion Urijah Faber.