Ratings are in for what has become just another weekend in the fight game — with offerings from the Ultimate Fighting Championship and Premier Boxing Champions.
The UFC took a trip to Brazil for UFC Fight Night 67, aka UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Alves, on Saturday. The event highlighted by a blody battle between returning welterweight contender Carlos Condit, and Brazil’s own Thales Leites (above), and was broadcast on Fox Sports 1 from Goiania, Brazil.
Premier Boxing Champions featured the return of British welterweight Amir Khan, who fought recent Manny Pacquiao opponent Chris Algieri, on Friday. The show, which was broadcast on Spike TV from Brooklyn, NY, also featured Javier Fortuna vs. Bryan Vasquez at 130 lbs.
So, who came out on top?
Nielsen numbers, per our friends at MMA Payout, have the Khan/Algieri bout as the most watched segment between the two events. The PBC broadcast enjoyed a peak of 1.25 million viewers in the last quarter hour.
But a comparison of average numbers has the UFC doing a bit better.
PBC on Spike enjoyed an average of 772,000 viewers. MMA Payout notes that the viewership was dwarfed by an NHL game, at 3.28 million viewers, and also trailed softball on ESPN.
UFC Fight Night 67 never reached the heights of the Khan/Algieri bout, peaking at 1,000,050 viewers. But the overall average of the broadcast was the higher of the two, at 813,000. MMA Payout notes that the numbers represent a more than 30% improvement over the last UFC Fight Night event. The show went head to head by another NHL game.
Probably the biggest surprise of the weekend was that the two hour broadcast of the UFC Fight Night 67 preliminary bouts earned an average of 713,000 viewers. That’s more than double the numbers of any of the last three Fight Night prelims.
Many expect Khan to fight Floyd Mayweather later this year.