TUF Finale 25 attendance, gate and bonuses

July 7, 2017

Justin Gaethje’s UFC debut was likely one of the best in the history of the company.  Gaethje drew two bonuses for his main event stoppage of Michael Johnson at the TUF 25 Finale Friday night at the T-Mobile Arena.

Gaethje drew a Performance bonus and along with Michael Johnson earned Fight of the Nihgt.  Tecia Torres also drew a Performance bonus for her submission of Juliana Lima.

The UFC announced that the TUF 25 Finale drew 6,308 fans for a live gate of $432,495.  In comparison, the TUF 23 Finale last year drew 8,115 fans for a live gate of $736,408.  Last year there were 3 events during International Fight wheras this week there are only 2.  TUF 24 Finale in December was held at The Palms and had a very small crowd of 1,800.

The bonuses, attendance and gate were announced post fight by UFC officials.

Payout Perspective:

Not a big showing for tonight’s event but those that were in attendance witnessed the reason why Justin Gaethje is one of the most-exciting fighters around.  Granted, his style is not long for this sport, but Gaethje and Johnson put on one of the best fights this year.

Updated ratings for TUF 25 through Episode 11

July 6, 2017

The Ultimate Fighter 25 has improved in its DVR ratings in the last several episodes.  Although Episode 12 ratings have yet to be reported, the adjusted ratings for the last two episodes show marked improvement.

Episode 10 drew 705,000 viewers in adjusted viewership ratings to include DVR viewership.  It exceeded TUF 24’s DVR #s for its 10th episode (471,000).  It drew 456,000 viewers in Live +SD ratings.

The 11th episode drew 369,000 viewers in Live +SD and 564,000 viewers in the DVR +3 ratings.  Another improvement from the DVR numbers last season, 518,000.

Welcome to the Ratings Buffet – a quick list of combat sports ratings for the week

June 9, 2017

Welcome to the Ratings Buffet. MMA Payout gives you a roundup of ratings from combat sports for the week.  If you missed ratings in our previous posts, we have them here for you.

UPDATED:  Thursday 6/8

Impact Wrestling on Pop TV drew 318,000 viewers for its 2 hour show from 8-10pm ET

Wednesday 6/7

The second episode in the return of Lucha Underground drew one of the bigger ratings for LU in the history of the show:  111,000 viewers on El Rey.  The immediate replay drew 38,000 viewers. For those wondering, the midseason debut last week drew 65,000 and another 36,000 for the immediate replay.

UFC Tonight on FS1 Wednesday drew 107,000 viewers per Nielsen

TUF 25 Episode 8 drew 303,000 viewers.  The episode on FS1 went up against Game 3 of the NBA Finals.

Tuesday 6/6

SmackDown on the USA Network drew 2.349 million viewers and 0.74 in the A18-49 demo.  It was good enough for the best original cable telecast on Tuesday night.

Monday 6/5

Monday Night Raw on the USA Network 3.110 million viewers for the middle hour of the 3 hour telecast.  It drew a 1.08 rating for A18-49, 1.22 for A25-54 and 1.16 for 50+ demo.  The first hour drew 3.113 million viewers.  It drew a 1.07 (A18-49), 1.23 (A25-54) and 1.21 for over 50.  The third hour drew 2.758 million viewers.  It drew a 0.96 (A18-49), 1.09 (A25-54) and 1.04 for over 50.

Saturday 6/4

UFC PPV Prelims drew 732,000 viewers on Saturday for the 88 minutes it was on FS1.  It started at 5:32pm PT on FS1 due to an MLB overrun.  The start of the PPV Prelims drew 218,000 viewers on FS2.

Showtime Boxing Saturday night drew 553,000 for the fight between Adonis Stevenson and Andrzej Fonfara.  It also drew 145,000 in the A18-49 demo.  The fight peaked with 610,000 viewers.  The undercard fight between Jean Pascal and Eleider Alvarez drew 373,000 viewers and 149,000 in the A18-49 demo.

H/t to ShowBuzz Daily and Nielsen

TUF 26 to feature new women’s flyweight division…or does it

May 3, 2017

According to a UFC press release sent on Wednesday, it announced another women’s division at flyweight with the new division being featured on the next season of The Ultimate Fighter.  However, Ariel Helwani and Kevin Iole report that the announcement may have been premature.

The UFC press release reads:

Las Vegas – A new division will be created and a new champion will emerge from the next season of The Ultimate Fighter®. Women’s flyweights, between the ages of 21-34 with a winning record and at least three professional fights are invited to attend the open casting call in Las Vegas. The season will also be open to females on the current UFC roster that can successfully make 125-pounds throughout the duration of the season. The previous casting call for women’s strawweights and bantamweights as well as male middleweights has been cancelled. The season will begin filming in July and premiere on FS1 later this year.

Applications, which should be completed and brought to tryouts, can be found online at http://www.ufc.com/TUF26. The athletes will be required to grapple and hit pads, so please bring appropriate gear. Applicants will be notified at the end of the day if they have been selected to move on in the casting process. If selected, applicants must be prepared to stay in Las Vegas until Saturday, May 27. All questions can be directed to gdefranco@pilgrimstudios.com.

The Ultimate Fighter, which debuted in 2005, has launched the careers of some of the UFC’s most recognizable names and successful athletes. The series has produced six UFC champions including Forrest Griffin, Rashad Evans, Michael Bisping, TJ Dillashaw, Carla Esparza, and Matt Serra.

WHO:             125-pound women

WHEN:          Tuesday, May 23 at 8 a.m. PT

WHERE:       Palace Station Hotel

2411 W. Sahara Ave.

Las Vegas, NV 89102

According to a Kevin Iole story Tuesday night, he indicates the UFC is “considering” a 125 pound division.  In speaking with Dana White, he states the press release was sent in error.  Ariel Helwani tweeted that the division has yet to be approved.  It was not clear the entity that would need to approve of the new division.

Payout Perspective:

A 125 division might be advantageous for women that have a hard time making the 115 pound weight class and are too small for 135 pounds.  But, it would create a glut of titles in the UFC.  It already established a women’s 145 pound division although there are maybe two or three fighters in that division.  As for the miscommunication, it seems as though this was a faux pas although one that was received with mostly positive reviews.  With the news out there, I would think that this it is a formality until this is confirmed.

Coaches for TUF 25 announced

January 16, 2017

The next season of The Ultimate Fighter will feature bantamweight coaches T.J. Dillashaw and newly crowned champ Cody Garbrandt according to a UFC press release. The long-running series will continue with former competitors from past seasons on the show.

The new season begins on FS1 on April 19th with a two hour premiere.

Payout Perspective:

No date yet for a fight between Garbrandt and Dillashaw although the press release indicated that they would fight after the season of TUF so this might put us at the July show of International Fight Week which would be a great co-main event.  As for the series, I’m not sure if these two as coaches will garner more viewers than previous seasons although the curiosity of seeing past TUF fighters serves as a “Where are they now” sort of feel for people that have watched past seasons.

TUF 23 coaches top salaries for Finale

July 12, 2016

Joanna Jedrzejcyk topped the list of payouts for Friday’s TUF Finale in Vegas.  The women’s strawweight champion made $210,000 for her title defense against Claudia Gadelha according to disclosed payouts released from the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

The rest of the payouts are here via MMA Junkie:

Joanna Jedrzejczyk: $210,000 (includes $105,000 win bonus)
def. Claudia Gadelha: $100,000

Andrew Sanchez: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Khalil Rountree: $15,000

Tatiana Suarez: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Amanda Cooper: $15,000

Will Brooks: $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus)
def. Ross Pearson: $54,000

Doo Ho Choi: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Thiago Tavares: $37,000

Joaquim Silva: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Andrew Holbrook: $12,000

Gray Maynard: $96,000 (includes $48,000 win bonus)
def. Fernando Bruno: $12,000

Matheus Nicolau: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. John Moraga: $28,000

Josh Stansbury: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Cory Hendricks: $10,000

Cezar Ferreira: $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus)
def. Anthony Smith: $15,000

Kevin Lee: $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus)
def. Jake Matthews: $22,000

Li Jingliang: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Anton Zafir: $10,000

Payout Perspective:

Notably, Will Brooks earned $100,000 for his UFC debut against Ross Pearson.  Brooks, the former Bellator lightweight champ that was released from the Viacom-owned company in May was making approximately $36K/$36K although there were reports that Bellator offered him more to stay.  For Brooks, starting at $50K/$50K shows respect by the UFC that they think he has potential to be a headliner.  For Gadelha, her $100K salary reflects a 10x increase from her first fight with Jedrzejczyk at UFC on Fox 13 in December 2014.

TUF 23 Episode 11 draws 447,000 viewers

June 30, 2016

The Ultimate Fighter 23 episode 11 drew 447,000 viewers on FS1 Wednesday night.  The viewership is higher than the season average.

The 11th episode averaged 285,000 viewers in the adult 18-49 demo per Sports TV Ratings.

In the women’s semifinal, Amanda Cooper defeated teammate Lanchana Green via rear naked choke.

Episode 10

It should be noted that last week’s Episode 10 which was moved around to accommodate soccer last week drew 167,000 viewers (88,000 A18-49).  The DVR +3 numbers for Episode 10 last week drew 228,000 viewers for a 2:30amET telecast of TUF Episode 10.  The overnight rating (Live +SD) drew 107,000.

The season average on FS1 is 377,000 viewers.  Last weeks’ time change hurt the average.

Payout Perspective:

TUF was second to the 10:00pm ESPN Sportscenter (855,000) in the 10-11pm time slot per Sports TV Ratings.  The Episode 11 rating is slightly better than last year’s TUF 21 11th episode.

TUF 23 Episode 3 DVR viewership up to 642,000

May 11, 2016

Last week’s TUF 23 Episode 3 saw another big increase in viewership factoring in the DVR ratings.  This week saw a 55% increase from the Live viewership.

Notably, its increase in DVR viewership fared better than last spring’s increase for TUF 21.

UFC TUF 23 Ep 3 DVR

Payout Perspective: 

It’s clear that TUF does best when recorded for later viewing.  Going up against live sports at this time (i.e., NBA and NHL Playoffs) is a tough task.

UFC on Fox 19 final overnight rating and prelims

April 21, 2016

UFC on Fox 19 Saturday drew an average rating of 2.5 million viewers on Saturday according to Nielsen.  The prelims which preceded the main card on Fox drew 1.4 million viewers.

The main card peaked with 2.8 million viewers.

The prelims which featured Michael Chiesa submitting Beneil Dariush drew a 0.9 rating in the adult 18-49 demo and a 2 share.  It improved from last April’s UFC on Fox Prelims by 13%.  It was the third time that the prelims for a UFC on Fox event aired on Fox.

The final overnight ratings for the main card is slightly off last April’s UFC on Fox 15 Prelims which drew 2.7 million viewers.

Payout Perspective:

The ratings are good considering this card was hit hard with removals including a fight (Islam Makhachev-Drew Dober) that was taken off after the weigh-ins.  The ratings show the relative stability in knowing what to expect with these cards.

Liddell and Griffin to coach TUF Latin America

April 11, 2016

UFC Hall of Famers Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin will serve as coaches in the first season of The Ultimate Fighter Latin America to be shot in Latin America.

The season will begin airing in Buenos Aires, Argentina this spring with the season 3 finale taking place November 5th in Mexico.  The series will air on UFC Fight Pass as well as local networks in the region.

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Via UFC press release:

The first Spanish speaking series of the reality show, The Ultimate Fighter Latin America, was launched in 2004 reaching an average of seven million viewers per episode in Mexico and millions more viewers around Latin America. The second season followed the footsteps of the first with viewership in UFC Network, Chanel 5 and 14 free-to-air networks. For 2016, UFC has recruited talent from all over the region and divided them into two teams: Team Liddell and Team Griffin. Both teams will represent a combination of Latin American countries. The series will also include special guest appearances by additional UFC athletes brought in by both coaches to enrich their team’s training experience.

Payout Perspective:

The inclusion of Liddell and Griffin for TUF Latin America is a way to attract Fight Pass viewers.  It also helps draw in some U.S. fans as most international TUF events are mainly for that region.  With the two Hall of Famers coaching it’s clear that the UFC is pushing its TUF brand and it’s over the top digital platform.

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