WEC 51 ratings up more than 50 percent
October 6, 2010
MMA Junkie reports that ratings for WEC 51 were up 54 percent from WEC 50. Last Thursday’s show out of Broomfield, Colorado garnered 486,000 viewers. The event featuring Jose Aldo versus Manny Gamburyan received a 0.49 household rating.
The numbers should please the WEC as the past two events drew disappointing numbers.
Hypothetically speaking, if you were a fighter, which would be worse to see when receiving final instructions from Herb Dean: Brock Lesnar staring you down or Jose Aldo staring down at the stare down.
Jose Aldo is a fighter worthy of PPV status. His performance last Thursday was impressive and the WEC might be concerned that he is cleaning out the 145 pound division in a dominating fashion.
Overall, I thought the card was entertaining. The Varner/Cerrone match-up brought all the animosity and fire the pre-match hype promised. Wouldn’t have been cool if the Korean Zombie got right back up after George Roop hit him with that clean head kick? It would have totally played up to his nickname. Also, the WEC debuted Chinese fighter Tiequan Zhang in a solid performance. Expect more from Zhang in the future as the WEC (and Zuffa) attempt to gain more interest in China.
Are fans tuning in to see Jose Aldo? Or was WEC 51 a card stacked with interesting matchups? The next two WEC events should maintain solid ratings as WEC 52 features Urijah Faber and WEC 53 features two championships on the line with Benson Henderson versus Anthony Pettis and Dominick Cruz versus Scott Jorgenson.