UFC 144 Prelims Bring in Better than Expected Ratings

The ratings continue to rise for the UFC's preliminary card offerings on FX, as the recently-aired UFC 144 prelims pulled in an audience of 1.5 million viewers.

The promotion began running blocks of preliminary card programming on FX this year as part of their broadcast deal with FOX, having put on two shows prior to UFC 144: UFC 142, which aired in January and pulled in an audience of 880,000, and UFC 143, which aired earlier this month and drew in an increased viewership of 1.3 million.

The UFC 144 preliminary card broadcast featured four match-ups and ran for two hours. During that segment, Chris Cariaso controversially defeated Takeya Mizugaki by unanimous decision, Riki Fukuda bested Steve Cantwell over three for a UD, England's Vaughan Lee earned Submission of the Night for a first round armbar over Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto and Takanori Gomi waged a dramatic comeback to TKO Eiji Mitsuoka inside the distance.

UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson went down last Saturday night from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. In the main event, Benson Henderson defeated Frankie Edgar by decision in a close, back-and-forth battle to become the new UFC lightweight champion.

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