UFC Live 6 ‘Cruz vs. Johnson’ Nets 789,000 Viewers on Versus
By: Mike Whitman Oct 4, 2011
The UFC felt a slight increase in ratings on Saturday from its
previous effort on cable network Versus, as UFC
Live 6 earned 789,000 viewers on average. Sherdog.com confirmed
the viewership figure Tuesday with an industry source following an
initial report from MMAJunkie.com.
The UFC’s first trip to the nation’s capital, UFC Live 6 emanated
from the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. The Oct. 1 event was
headlined by a bantamweight title bout between champion Dominick
Cruz and game challenger Demetrious
Johnson. Though “Mighty Mouse” acquitted himself well in his
first title fight, Cruz’s size and wrestling ability ultimately won
the day, as “The Dominator” retained his title via unanimous
As mentioned, the UFC saw a marginal jump in average viewership
from UFC Live 5, which drew in 766,000 viewers. Of the six events,
the promotion’s inaugural Versus card remains the most-watched
program in the series. UFC Live 1, which featured a Jon
main event, earned 1.24 million viewers in March 2010.
The series’ low came one year later at UFC Live 3. Headlined by a
bloody, back-and-forth welterweights scrap between Diego
Sanchez and Martin
Kampmann, the program took in an average of 681,000 viewers.