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UFC 158 Prelims Provide Sportsnet With Most-Watched Prelims Ever

The decision to stack the UFC 158: St-Pierre vs. Diaz prelims with Canadian fighters paid off for Sportsnet, as the network announced the four-fight card drew the largest audience ever for prelims.

The audience peaked at 551,000 viewers when Montreal’s Patrick Cote defeated Bobby Voelker in the main fight, while the prelims averaged 412,000 viewers.

That number was a 27-percent increase over the previous best, which was UFC 154: St-Pierre vs. Condit this past November.

While nothing has been confirmed, the pay-per-view number for UFC 158 is expected to be one of the best since the second Anderson Silva-Chael Sonnen bout in 2012.