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Michelle Waterson’s Upset of Paige VanZant Draws Best UFC on FOX TV Ratings in Years


Michelle Waterson’s Upset of Paige VanZant Draws Best UFC on FOX TV Ratings in Years

Saturday’s UFC on FOX 22: VanZant vs. Waterson was the best performing UFC event on FOX in years. 

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Michelle Waterson’s first-round submission of Paige VanZant tallied 3,178,000 viewers, 14-percent better than last December’s 2,781,000 viewers for a card headlined by a lightweight championship bout between Rafael Dos Anjos and Donald Cerrone. Saturday night’s delivery is FOX’s most-watched UFC event since April of 2013 (3,742,000), according to figures from FOX Sports.

Saturday night’s airing peaked with a sizable 4,800,000 viewers from 10-10:15 p.m. ET during the main event portion of the telecast.

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The FS1 UFC Fight Night Prelims averaged 679,000 viewers on FS1, down 2 percent from the 693,000 viewers for the FOX prelim card on the corresponding Saturday last December.  However, in the A18-49 category, viewership was up 4 percent (338,000 vs. 326,000).

Aside from the pivotal strawweight main event, UFC on FOX 22 also featured Urijah Faber’s retirement bout. He won a three-round unanimous decision over fellow veteran Brad Pickett.

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