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The Ultimate Fighting Championship continues to draw solid ratings with its recent string of cards on ESPN.
According to ShowBuzz Daily, Saturday’s UFC on ESPN 12 main card attracted an average audience of 1.07 million viewers to the network — the fifth most of the ESPN era. The card drew higher ratings than the promotion’s previous two main draws: UFC on ESPN 11 “Blaydes vs. Volkov” (912,000) and UFC on ESPN 10 “Eye vs. Calvillo (908,000).
UFC on ESPN 12 took place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas and saw Dustin Poirier earn an entertaining unanimous decision against Dan Hooker in the evening’s lightweight headliner. Poirier vs. Hooker has since been lauded as a “Fight of the Year” candidate. In the co-main event Mike Perry, who enjoys something of a cult following in the sport, earned a three-round verdict over Mickey Gall.
Meanwhile, the UFC on ESPN 12 preliminary draw averaged 635,000 viewers. That portion of the card featured a lightweight tilt between Khama Worthy and Luis Pena, which Worthy won via decision. That ranks as the highest figure since UFC on ESPN 8 (690,000).
As has been the case in recent weeks, UFC on ESPN 12 was simulcast on ESPN and ESPN+.