T.J. Dillashaw ‘Glad’ Henry Cejudo Beat Marlon Moraes At UFC 238

In the main event of UFC 238, Henry Cejudo was taking on Marlon Moraes for the vacant bantamweight title. There, the Olympic gold medalist in Cejudo was looking to become a champ-champ, as he was coming off of his 32-second knockout over TJ Dillashaw t…

In the main event of UFC 238, Henry Cejudo was taking on Marlon Moraes for the vacant bantamweight title. There, the Olympic gold medalist in Cejudo was looking to become a champ-champ, as he was coming off of his 32-second knockout over TJ Dillashaw to defend the flyweight title. Now, Cejudo was looking to do […]

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Urijah Faber Would ‘Love To’ Fight Henry Cejudo For Bantamweight Title

Following Henry Cejudo’s win over Marlon Moraes at UFC 238, the now champ-champ made an interesting callout. Instead of calling out the top bantamweights or flyweights, he called out Dominick Cruz, Cody Garbrandt, and Urijah Faber. And, “Th…

Following Henry Cejudo’s win over Marlon Moraes at UFC 238, the now champ-champ made an interesting callout. Instead of calling out the top bantamweights or flyweights, he called out Dominick Cruz, Cody Garbrandt, and Urijah Faber. And, “The California Kid” is very interested in the fight. The UFC Hall of Famer says he is a […]

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UFC 238 Prelims Does Best Broadcast Numbers In Three Months

UFC 238 took place this past weekend (Sat. June 8, 2019) from the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to the pay-per-view (PPV) portion, several bouts took place on the preliminary card, which aired on ESPN. MMA Fighting’s Dave Meltzer reports that the broadcast did the Las Vegas-based promotion’s best numbers in three months with […]

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UFC 238 took place this past weekend (Sat. June 8, 2019) from the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

Prior to the pay-per-view (PPV) portion, several bouts took place on the preliminary card, which aired on ESPN. MMA Fighting’s Dave Meltzer reports that the broadcast did the Las Vegas-based promotion’s best numbers in three months with 964,000 viewers. The show peaked at 1.2 million viewers during the featured preliminary bout, featuring strawweights Tatiana Suarez and Nina Ansaroff.

The preliminary card was also the highest-rated sports show in the 18-34 male demographic. It beat out MLB baseball on FOX, the Belmont Stakes on NBC, and the FIFA Women’s World Cup. However, all three of those broadcasts drew bigger overall ratings. MLB pulled in 2,560,000 viewers, the Belmont did 4,909,000, and the World Cup hauled in 1,209,000.

Coming in at third overall Saturday night in the 18-49 demographic, as well as third in the male 18-49, and tied for first in the male 12-34 demographic was the UFC 238 prelims. 75 percent of the program’s viewers were male. UFC 238 was also the number one searched item on Google that day, with more than one million searches. The show saw a 47 percent increase in viewers for last June’s PPV prelims, which was the UFC 225 PPV headlined by Robert Whittaker vs. Yoel Romero.

As for the strongest major markets, the UFC pulled in a 0.8 rating in Dallas and an 0.7 in Philadelphia. The weakest major markets were Houston with an 0.2 and Chicago with an 0.3. The prelims also beat out Top Rank boxing, which aired on ESPN shortly after. The show was headlined by a WBO featherweight title bout between Oscar Valdez and Jason Sanchez, which did 799,000 viewers.

The last time the UFC did better numbers was for the UFC 235 PPV prelims in March. Jon Jones vs. Anthony Smith in a light heavyweight title fight headlined the show. The preliminary card for that event did 1.48 million viewers.

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UFC 238 Prelims Draw Biggest Ratings In Months

It’s no secret that the UFC prelims have been struggling to find ratings success on television in recent months. The prelim ratings for the company’s two most recent pay-per-view (PPV) events – UFC 236 in April and UFC 237 in May &#82…

It’s no secret that the UFC prelims have been struggling to find ratings success on television in recent months. The prelim ratings for the company’s two most recent pay-per-view (PPV) events – UFC 236 in April and UFC 237 in May – both brought in diminishing returns. However, according to a report from MMA Fighting’s […]

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Quote: “It’s Hard to Root for” Henry Cejudo

Light heavyweight contender Anthony Smith is not a fan of Henry Cejudo’s shtick. Henry Cejudo defeated Marlon Moraes at UFC 238 to earn the UFC bantamweight championship to go along with his flyweight title. Cejudo picked up this second strap after an …

Light heavyweight contender Anthony Smith is not a fan of Henry Cejudo’s shtick. Henry Cejudo defeated Marlon Moraes at UFC 238 to earn the UFC bantamweight championship to go along with his flyweight title. Cejudo picked up this second strap after an inspired performance, surviving Moraes’ tormenting leg kicks and power advantage. Refusing to be […]

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Karolina Kowalkiewicz Believes Best Years Are Behind Her After UFC 238 Loss

Former UFC women’s strawweight title challenger Karolina Kowalkiewicz believes that her best years are behind her. Kowalkiewicz comes off a lopsided defeat to Alexa Grasso at UFC 238 this past weekend (Sat. June 8, 2019). Following the defeat, the 33-year-old took to Instagram and posted a lengthy statement. Surprisingly, Kowalkiewicz admitted she believes her best […]

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Former UFC women’s strawweight title challenger Karolina Kowalkiewicz believes that her best years are behind her.

Kowalkiewicz comes off a lopsided defeat to Alexa Grasso at UFC 238 this past weekend (Sat. June 8, 2019). Following the defeat, the 33-year-old took to Instagram and posted a lengthy statement. Surprisingly, Kowalkiewicz admitted she believes her best days inside the Octagon are probably behind her. However, that doesn’t mean she’s hanging up her gloves just yet:

“Big congratulations for @alexa_grasso you did a great job thank you all for your support and warm words. Do not worry about me, it was better, but I’m fine. Bruises on the face will heal soon. I left my heart in this fight, but unfortunately I missed something … I’m not the same player anymore.

“Unfortunately, the painful truth is that the best years and the top of the form are behind me, there are a lot of young, talented ambitious players who have to give way … but do not worry, I will come back and give good fights maybe not at the very top “But I will give you many emotions, just give me some time … thank you again!  #ufc #lovemyjob #kk”

Kowalkiewicz is currently on a three-fight losing streak. The first of those losses came against Jessica Andrade, in which she was knocked out cold by the Brazilian powerhouse at UFC 228 in September. She returned in March against Michelle Waterson, who out-classed Kowalkiewicz for a unanimous decision victory.

Now, after her loss to Grasso, a 25-year-old up-and-comer, it will be interesting to see what’s next for Kowalkiewicz.

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