UFC 122: Marquardt vs. Okami featured a number one contender’s showdown that Yushin Okami won via unanimous decision over Nate Marquardt. The win propelled Okami into a UFC middleweight title fight some time in 2011, but it left many fans deflated. The overall fight card, however, carried slightly higher ratings on Spike TV than the network’s most recent tape-delayed UFC broadcast.
UFC 122, taking place in Germany, pulled in an average viewership of 2.2 million, according to Spike TV officials. UFC 120, which aired from England via tape delay in October, drew 1.9 million average viewers.
Prior to that, UFC 105 did 2.9 million and UFC 95 2.4 million, so UFC 122 was actually a step in the right direction for the tape-delayed events on Spike.
It is unclear when the next non-live fight card will air on the network. UFC 127 is expected to take place in Australia, and UFC 128 in Abu Dhabi, but the last time the UFC was in those locals, both aired via pay-per-view in the United States.