Saturday nighttime ’s prelims until UFC 231, headlined by the Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega featherweight title game, did 786,000 audiences on FOX Sports inch.

The number was aside from UFC 229, the Conor McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov-led series, the ideal prelim number since April 7, to get its Nurmagomedov vs. Al Iaquinta-headed card.

The quantity was up from months due to the shortage of college football competition. The largest competition was that the Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Jose Pedraza card on ESPN that averaged 1,865,000 audiences. Additionally, it went head to head with the Showtime replay of the Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder struggle that did 488,000 audiences.

The UFC prelims will be the sports event on tv on Saturday trailing the MLS Cup and the Lomachenko struggle on FOX which did 1,563,000 audiences.

The 786,000 is slightly above the 2018 prelims ordinary of 776,000. The series also averaged 8,299 audiences for an instant.

The prelims were headlined by way of a vital females ’s strawweight contenders struggle where Nina Ansaroff won a decision on Claudia Gadelha. That fight drew 915,000 audiences.

Prelim numbers usually are very good predictor of payperview numbers, however they are far from absolute.

It’s noteworthy that on Google hunts for Saturday night, the UFC series did searches as the Lomachenko struggle failed more than 200,000. Searches are typically the most useful predictor of how the pay-per-view can do, but that wasn’t even the case with the latest Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz struggle that did big together with hunts but fizzled on pay-per-view.

The show averaged the show that was post-fight and also 211,000 audiences averaged 136,000 audiences.

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