The Spike TV-aired UFC 135: Jones vs. Jackson select preliminary card fights pulled in impressive ratings, scoring a household rating of 1.1 with an average viewership of 1.6 million (the broadcast peaked at 1.73 million viewers).
This means that the UFC 135 preliminary card broadcast was the third most-watched ever, only falling behind UFC 109 and UFC 126 in terms of numbers.
On the two-fight broadcast, UFC middleweight bruiser Tim “The Barbarian” Boetsch defeated Nick Ring via unanimous decision to make it 2-0 in the 185lbs. division. Boetsch again displayed the power and grappling chops he brought down with him from light heavyweight, at one point hitting a highlight-reel harai goshi on Ring that his grandparents likely felt the impact from.
At the top of the hour-long special, The Ultimate Fighter 13 winner Tony Ferguson made his first post-TUF appearance, dispatching of the veteran Aaron Riley after the first round. Ferguson had a fight on his hands with Riley, but eventually broke the Greg Jackson-trained fighter’s jaw in the first round with a slick uppercut-straight right combo. With his jaw hanging slack, Riley pressed on until the end of the round, but he absorbed quite a bit of punishment and decided not to continue, giving Ferguson the win via TKO.
UFC 135 went down at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado on Saturday, September 24.