MMAFighting.com is reporting that the Spike TV-aired UFC 133: Evans vs. Ortiz 2 drew solid ratings and a respectable audience of 1.4 million viewers.
The show featured the two preliminary card fights leading into the pay-per-view portion of the card and aired on Saturday at 8 p.m. Eastern. The audience drawn was slightly larger than that pulled in by the UFC 132 preliminary card broadcast, but slightly lower than the showing for UFC 131.
The UFC 133 prelims broadcast was unsurprisingly the top program of the entire day for the sought-after 18-49 year-old male demographic and earned a household rating of 1.0.
The special showcased a feather weight fight with title implications between Chad Mendes and Rani Yahya as well as a significant light heavyweight tilt between young gun Alexander Gustafsson and longtime staple Matt Hamill.
Airing first, Mendes took home a blue collar unanimous decision win over Yahya, defeating the Brazilian jiu jitsu ace with just enough striking to keep him honest (it was learned post-fight that Mendes had strained ligaments in his right hand which prevented him from making a fist) and enough takedowns and top control to score points. The win likely earned Mendes a shot at the winner of the upcoming title fight between champ Jose Aldo and Kenny Florian.
Alexander Gustafsson put the light heavyweight division on notice by taking out the very durable Matt “The Hammer” Hamill via second round TKO. Gustafsson looked controlled and impressive en route to victory, picking his shots and pouncing when the time to finish came. Hamill, who took the fight on short notice, looked sluggish and uninterested in the bout. In what came as a surprise to many, considering that the 2001 Summer Deaflympics gold medalist has only lost two in a row with the last defeat coming against former champ Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Hamill announced his retirement from MMA competition after the fight.
UFC 133 went down at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 6.