This past weekend was a strong one for mixed martial arts. In addition to International Fight Week in Vegas ending with two UFC events, World Series of Fighting aired on Saturday, drawing in almost four times more views than it’s usual broadcast.
The UFC 175 prelims on Saturday night saw 1 million views, which is now the highest number of views for a prelim card this year. This number came just slightly ahead of the prelims for UFC 170: Rousey vs. McMann at 936,000 views. The average number for prelims is about 863,000.
The TUF 19 Finale aired on Sunday night and it also brought in 1 million views, and for obvious reasons. The return of future Hall of Famer and legend BJ Penn piqued the interest of many MMA fans and a return against Frankie Edgar made the fight all the more exciting. The viewing numbers for the last US season of The Ultimate Fighter brought in around 755,000 viewers.
With such highly anticipated matches this weekend in the UFC, it’s not surprising that the ratings were so high. The surprising and most exciting news is that WSOF saw record views as well.
WSOF drew in record views of 906,000 views, which is outstanding considering their average is around 200,000 views, their previous record being 365,000. This WSOF event showed a lightweight title fight with Nick Newell squaring up against title-holder Justin Gaethje, as well as the feature of some familiar UFC faces Jon Fitch and Melvin Guillard.
The rise in views for all venues and organizations of mixed martial arts is certainly a beautiful thing, as there are many talented fighters across all spectrums and companies. Hopefully, the momentum can continue for organizations like WSOF.