Highlights from the press conference via MMA Fighting. Here’s the most important quotes. Rashad Evans:
“I’m ready to fight in April,” Evans said. “I’m excited to finally get the opportunity to fight Jon and give fans the fight they want to see.”
“I can’t lie; I thought I won rounds one and two,” Bisping said. “I think in this modern day of social networking and stuff, you just have to look at the Internet, and I think the general consensus was I won the fight.”
And of course the politically correct Chael Sonnen:
“If those blowhards (in Brazil) with their blow darts want to come at me, they can send anyone want they want,” he said. “But don’t send anyone you want back.”
Bloody Elbow has a Judo Chop devoted to Charles Oliveira’s calf slicer sub from last night. Mmmm judo chop.
While I think we can all agree the main card fights were a bit of a disaster, it didn’t seem to hurt ratings all that much. According to early numbers from TV by the Numbers, UFC on FOX 2 pulled 3.98 million viewers from 8-9 and 4.77 million from 9-10. That still sees it losing the overall ratings war to reruns of Wipeout, Harry’s Law, and CSI.
But here’s where you see the appeal of the UFC to networks: It blew everyone else out of the water with their 18-49 demographic, aka ‘People who actually buy stuff.’ The UFC on FOX show ranged between a 2.0 and 2.5 share. What does that mean? I have no idea other than all the other shows from that night were struggling to pull even 1.0. So … mission accomplished there!
Heavy has it’s UFC on FOX 2 gallery up!
MMA Sucka has scans of the judges’ scorecards. Clay Goodman is the goof who gave the Sonnen / Bisping fight to Sonnen 30-27. Shame! Shame!