The UFC’s first night on network television has now been confirmed to have broken all prior television records for Mixed Martial Arts in the United States.
UFC on Fox 1 took place last night from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. In the main event of the evening Junior Dos Santos upset Cain Velasquez to become the new UFC heavyweight champion of the world.
The fight lasted just 64 seconds and ended with a knockout of Cain Velasquez live on FOX TV.
In preliminary action Benson Henderson was able to outpoint Clay Guida in an exciting, fast paced three round affair to earn the number one contender seat in the UFC’s lightweight division. He will now face Frankie Edgar for the UFC’s lightweight title in a yet to be announced UFC event in 2012 expected to go down in Japan.
According to new data the UFC on Fox 1 show peaked with 8.8 million viewers making it dwarf the previous record holder on CBS of 6.5 million when Kimbo Slice fought James Thompson.
Spike TV held the previous record for UFC programming at 5.9 million when Dan Henderson and Rampage Jackson squared off for the UFC’s lightweight title at UFC 75. However, out with the old and in with the new and with that new broadcast partnership comes much bigger numbers and much brighter future for the world’s best and biggest Mixed Martial Arts promotion.
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