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UFC prelims, ratings, FX and main cards

Carlos Condit, right, trades punches with Georges St-Pierre

Carlos Condit, right, trades punches with Georges St-Pierre during their welterweight title fight at UFC 154 in Montreal. (Nov. 17, 2012) (Credit: AP)

Multiple MMA sites reported the ratings for the UFC 154 prelims on FX last Saturday as 980,000 viewers, which is eighth best for the dozen prelim shows on Fox's primary cable channel in 2012.

That's a significant amount of homes tuned into a channel to consume programming, but it is still six digits.

There are plenty of outside ways to assign value to ratings numbers, both high and low. Perhaps there were quite a few big college football games that night (there were, by the way). Perhaps it's lineup of fights on the prelims.

Or, perhaps not. Perhaps those prelim ratings are tied to main event on pay-per-view, the one fight that gets promoted more than all the others.

Here's a look at the ratings for the 12 UFC prelims that have aired on FX in 2012 and who the PPV main events were. The table is sorted by the ratings column. Draw your own conclusions.

EVENT DATE RATINGS PPV MAIN EVENT
UFC 148 July 7 1,800,000 Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen
UFC 145 April 21 1,600,000 Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans
UFC 144 Feb. 26 1,500,000 Ben Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar
UFC 143 Feb. 4 1,400,000 Nick Diaz vs. Carlos Condit
UFC 146 May 26 1,300,000 Junior Dos Santos vs. Frank Mir
UFC 149 July 21 1,000,000 Urijah Faber vs. Renan Barao
UFC 153 Oct. 13 1,000,000 Anderson Silva vs. Stephan Bonnar
UFC 154 Nov. 17 980,000 Georges St-Pierre vs. Carlos Condit
UFC 150 Aug. 11 974,000 Ben Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar
UFC 147 June 23 969,000 Wanderlei Silva vs. Rich Franklin
UFC 152 Sept. 22 955,000 Jon Jones vs. Vitor Belfort
UFC 142 Jan. 4 880,000 Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes

Tags: ufc on fx , anderson silva , chael sonnen , jon jones , rashad evans , ufc 154 , georges st-pierre , carlos condit

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