On a night where competition was scarce, the UFC's fifth live show on Fox was the biggest success for the network since the UFC's second Fox show in January. Saturday's card, headlined by a lightweight title fight between champion Benson Henderson and loudmouthed challenger Nate Diaz, drew an overnight rating of 2.8 with 3.41 million viewers. Those numbers crush the 2.25 million viewers for the third UFC on Fox installment in May and the 2.36 million viewers for the fourth installment in August.
When the final ratings come in over the next couple of days, they may be even better for the UFC and Fox due to the show's overrun nearing a half hour, with the Henderson-Diaz main event going all five rounds. The show itself featured four exciting fights, though three were rather uncompetitive decision wins. Perhaps more importantly, the UFC thrust the names of Alexander Gustafsson (who defeated former light heavyweight champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua) and Rory McDonald (who dominated former lightweight and welterweight champion BJ Penn) into the consciousness of casual fans, along with increasing the name value of lightweight champion Henderson.no comments