American UFC fans were in an uproar following Saturday’s UFC 120: Bisping vs. Akiyama, criticizing the tape-delayed nature of the broadcast on Spike TV in the United States and ESPN for running spoiler results during the network’s popular college football programming.
Even with that, the broadcast drew an average audience of 1.9 million viewers, according to Spike TV officials on Tuesday. That represents a significant decline in viewership since the promotion’s most recent tape-delayed broadcast from England on Spike TV.
UFC 105, featuring Randy Couture vs. Brandon Vera in Manchester, drew an average of 2.9 million viewers to Spike TV. Prior to that, UFC 95, featuring Diego Sanchez vs. Joe Stevenson in London, averaged 2.4 million viewers.
The fight card for UFC 120 weighed heavily on the promotion’s British talent. Briton Michael Bisping, winner of “The Ultimate Fighter Season 3,” and Yoshihiro Akiyama put on a “Fight of the Night” performance in the main event. American Carlos Condit earned “Knockout of the Night” honors for blasting Bisping’s countryman, Dan Hardy, in the co-main event.