Conor McGregor may have lost to Nate Diaz in the main event of UFC 196 on Saturday night, but for the second straight show, McGregor brought fans to television in near record numbers.
McGregor already held couple of records already with UFC’s biggest live event ever on FS 1, with 2,751,000 viewers for the show he headlined on Jan. 18, 2015 in his win over Dennis Siver. He also holds the record for the most-watched fight ever on the station with 3,162,000 viewers. McGregor more recently was a key factor in the prelims of UFC 194, the last show he headlined, Dec. 12, being the most-watched pay-per-view prelims ever on FS 1, with 1,931,000 viewers.
This past Saturday’s prelims, headlined by Brandon Thatch vs. Siyar Bahadurzada, did 1,843,000 viewers, the second-most for that type of a show on FS 1.
A record was set the day before as the weigh-ins on Friday night did 358,000 viewers, breaking the mark of 294,000 set for the McGregor vs. Jose Aldo weigh-ins. The pre-fight show on Saturday did 767,000 viewers, another record.
While it is too early to get accurate pay-per-view numbers, these numbers would seem to indicate a strong showing, coming off McGregor vs. Aldo being well above 1 million buys.
On Friday night, Bellator was also well above its usual levels for a show headlined by two former wrestling champions, 2006 world Greco-Roman champion Joe Warren losing to 2009 NCAA champion Darrion Caldwell.
The show did 768,000 viewers, peaking at 972,000 viewers for the Fernando Gonzalez vs. Gilbert Smith match that was the No. 2 bout on the show.
Even without a championship fight, or any other of Bellator’s bigger name fighters, the show did 17 percent above its 2015 average for non-tentpole shows. It was ….View full article
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