The numbers are in for both of the major MMA events that went down over the weekend: UFC on FX 2: Alves vs. Kampmann and Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey.
MMAJunkie reports that UFC on FX 2 drew a viewing audience of 1.4 million on FX, with the FUEL TV-aired preliminary card broadcast pulling in 113,000 viewers. The numbers show a slight increase from the promotion’s first event broadcast on the network, with UFC on FX 1 pulling in an audience of 1.3 million.
UFC on FX 2, which went down from the Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia, saw the implementation of the featherweight division get off to a controversial start, with the official verdict of the Ian McCall-Demetrious Johnson fight misreported by the overseeing athletic commission. The gaffe robbed fans of a sudden death round (put in place for exactly this kind of an event) and sees the featherweight tournament finals postponed while McCall and Johnson rematch.
Also courtesy MMAJunkie, Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey pulled in an average audience of 431,000. The numbers show a slight increase from January’s Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine, but an overall slide from the promotion’s usual numbers on Showtime.
The fight card saw brash Judo Olympian Ronda Rousey force the women’s bantamweight title from Miesha Tate with a nasty first round armbar finish, Rousey’s fifth straight as a pro. Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey went down at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.