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Big ratings for UFC 168 prelims

Michael Johnson, left, punches Gleison Tibau during their

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Billed as the biggest fight in UFC history (as many pay-per-view events often are), UFC 168 brought in a gate of $6.2 million, the promotion's third biggest ever.

But, have a look at the ratings for the UFC 168 prelims which aired on Fox Sports 1 -- an average of 1,554,000 viewers for the two-hour block of 8-10 p.m ET on Saturday, Dec. 28.

That's the fifth biggest draw on Fox Sports...

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Watch Dana White on 'Boston Sports Live'

NEW YORK - MARCH 06: UFC president Dana

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UFC president Dana White spent 13 or so minutes this week with's "Boston Sports Live."

Here's the video, where he talks about coming back to his hometown, Chael Sonnen vs. "Shogun" Rua and more UFC on Fox Sports 1.

White calls Sonnen "still the No. 1 contender at 185 pounds."


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Uriah Hall on training with Lyoto Machida

Uriah Hall, an MMA fighter from Manhattan.

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Most people don't use the word "fun" to describe voluntarily walking into a combat session with former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida. Of course, Manhattan's Uriah Hall is not like most people.

Hall, a finalist on Season 17 of "The Ultimate Fighter," left Tiger Schulmann's MMA in New Jersey to train with Reign MMA in California for his fight this Saturday...

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Talking hair with Urijah Faber

Urijah Faber during his UFC 157 bantamweight mixed

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If you're looking for some hard-hitting fight analysis or investigative MMA report, then this particular blog post isn't for you.

But if you want some light fare on a Friday afternoon about Urijah Faber, then pursue the following few paragraphs ahead of his Aug. 17 bantamweight fight against Iuri Alcantara in the UFC's debut on Fox Sports 1.

We'll begin with a tweet from last April:


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Uriah Hall to fight Nick Ring at UFC on Fox Sports 1 debut card

Uriah Hall, from Queens, is a contestant on

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Uriah Hall burst onto the scene with a pair on monstrous knockouts on the 17th season of "The Ultimate Fighter" only to fall short in the finale with a somewhat flat performance against Kelvin Gastelum.

Now, the Manhattan-based, Queens-raised, Jamaica-born MMA fighter gets another opportunity to show what he can do inside the octagon when he fights Nick Ring on Aug. 17 in Boston....

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