FOX Sports 1 and the UFC have something to smile about.
The TUF 18 Finale featuring Diaz vs. Maynard drew in 1,129,000 viewers. That makes it the sixth most watched event on the less-than four month old network. Also, the second highest ratings for a UFC showing, putting it right behind UFC Fight Night 26, which featured Maurcio Rua vs. Chael Sonnen. That event captured the attention of 1,780,000 viewers.
According to MMA Fighting, the TUF 18 Finale ratings showed a 56% increase from the 722,000 viewers of the previous live event on Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Night 32, which featured Vitor Belfort against Dan Henderson.
It’s likely that Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney is scratching his head somewhere trying to think of a way to best the UFC’s numbers.