UFC on ESPN 14 Main Card Averages 908,000 Viewers; Bellator 242 Attracts 277,000

By: Tristen Critchfield
Jul 28, 2020

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The UFC on ESPN 14 main card averaged 908,000 viewers on ESPN this past Saturday, according to ShowBuzz Daily.

That figure is the ninth-best rating for a UFC on ESPN card thus far. The card peaked at 1.2 million viewers.

UFC on ESPN 14 took place at the Flash Forum in Abu Dhabi and saw Robert Whittaker take a unanimous decision against Darren Till in the evening’s main event. The main card also featured a trilogy bout between Mauricio Rua and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and a heavyweight clash pitting Fabricio Werdum against Alexander Gustafsson. Rua defeated Nogueira by unanimous decision, while Werdum tapped out Gustafsson in the opening stanza.

The preliminary card averaged 483,000 viewers and was topped by a lightweight tilt between Francisco Trinaldo and Jai Herbert, which Trinaldo won by technical knockout in the third round. The entire UFC on ESPN 14 card was simulcast on ESPN+.

Meanwhile, Bellator 242 marked the California-based promotion’s first event since February. The card, which took place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., and was headlined by a bantamweight clash between Sergio Pettis and Ricky Bandejas, averaged 277,000 viewers on Paramount Network. That is the lowest figure of the three Bellator events to air on Paramount Network thus far in 2020.

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