MMAJunkie.com has relayed the ratings for last weekend’s UFC 138: Leben vs. Muñoz fight card, revealing that the tape-delayed broadcast of the main card pulled in an average of 1.8 million viewers and a peak viewing audience of 2.1 million; the broadcast generated a 1.2 household rating.
The exciting five-fight main card broadcast captured the sought-after 18-34 and 18-49 male demographic as well, being the number one cable program for those demographics during that three-hour time slot.
UFC 138 was widely written off as a meager offering for a fight-starved UK fan base, but the fighters who competed on the card apparently weren’t told that, as they turned in some absolutely blistering performances; the main card didn’t see one fight make it to the third round.
In the top-billed match, Mark Muñoz defeated Chris Leben, forcing the vaunted brawler to call it quits on the stool after round two. Leben was game for as long as he was in the cage, but Muñoz’s never-ending, heavy-handed assault left him with a cut and bloody left eye through which The Crippler could no longer see.
For the night’s co-main event, Brazilian prospect Renan Barao faced off against hometown favorite Brad Pickett, running through One-Punch in the very first round. Proving that his 27-fight unbeaten streak is no fluke, Barao took it to Pickett on the feet before quickly submitting him once he wilted to the mat.
UFC 138 went down at the LG Arena in Birmingham, England; for results and a full recap of the event, click here.