UFC 209 took place this past Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and the main card on pay-per-view was headlined by Tyron Woodley retaining the UFC welterweight title with a majority decision over Stephen Thompson.
Prior to the main card on pay-per-view, the televised preliminary card aired on FS1 and featured come from behind wins by Darren Elkins and Iuri Alcantara. Elkins scored a stoppage victory in the third round against Mirsad Bektic after being dominated in the first and second round, while Alcantara submitted Luke Sanders in the second round by kneebar after losing the opening round.
When it comes to the television ratings for the preliminary card, the two-hour portion of the event averaged 1,033,000 viewers and peaked at 1,183,000 viewers during the Elkins vs. Bektic matchup (9:15-9:30 p.m. ET).
In other rating notes for UFC 209:
- The average viewership for UFC 209 prelims is up 18 percent from last month’s UFC 208 (874,000).
- The pre-fight show on FS1 came in with 453,000 viewers, making it the 11th most-watched of pay-per-view dedicated pre-fight show and 13th overall on the network.
- The post fight show drew 205,000 viewers on FS1.
- The weigh-in broadcast for UFC 209 on FS1 garnered 207,000 viewers, up 52 percent over the Quarter 1 2016 average of Friday UFC Weigh-Ins on FS1 (136,000).
The UFC will return to FS1 on Saturday for UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Gastelum from Brazil and calling the fights will be Jon Anik and Brian Stann.