UFC 142 vs. Tebow: who will win?
January 14, 2012
Will UFC 142 be affected by Tim Tebow? The media darling from the Denver Broncos meets Tom Brady and the New England Patriots at about the same time as UFC 142 Saturday night.
The Sports Business Daily reports that Saturday night’s game between the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos is expected to pull enormous ratings. The perennial favorite versus the best storyline in sports today has the makings for must see TV. As evidence of Tebowmania, Television by Numbers reported that last week’s Broncos-Pittsburgh Steelers game scored a whopping 25.9 rating/43 share. An almost 40% increase from last year’s AFC Wildcard game.
With the news of Anthony Johnson not making weight, the co-main event with Vitor Belfort (the biggest name on the card) may be in doubt if Johnson weighs more than 205 Saturday. This could be the knockout punch to a card that is heavy on Brazilian fighters not readily known to the casual MMA observer. Also, the card is headlined by one of the lighter weight divisions which has not produced in terms of PPV buys. For many NFL and MMA fans, the NFL may win out on Saturday night due to the allure of the matchup.