UFC Fort Lauderdale Prelims Draw 720,000 to ESPN; Early Prelims Attract 288,000 to ESPN2

By Tristen Critchfield May 1, 2019

The UFC Fort Lauderdale prelims averaged 720,000 viewers on ESPN, according to ShowBuzz Daily.

Meanwhile, the three-bout early preliminary card attracted an audience of 288,000 to ESPN2. Saturday’s six-bout main card was only available on ESPN+. The preliminary ratings are the lowest for a UFC event on ESPN network so far, but that includes main cards for UFC on ESPN 1 and UFC on ESPN 2 as well as pay-per-view prelims for three events. UFC Fort Lauderdale was originally intended to be the promotion’s third UFC on ESPN event before broadcast plans changed.

The featured bout of the UFC Fight Night 150 prelims saw Takashi Sato score a second-round technical knockout of Ben Saunders at welterweight. The most recognizable name on that portion of the card was likely former heavyweight champ Andrei Arlovski, who dropped a contentious split decision to Augusto Sakai.

Meanwhile, the early prelims were topped by a lightweight duel between longtime veteran Jim Miller and Jason Gonzalez, which Miller won by way of rear-naked choke in the opening stanza. Saturday marked the first time the early prelims aired on one of the ESPN networks.

UFC Fight Night 150 took place at the BB&T Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and saw Jack Hermansson defeat Ronaldo Souza by unanimous decision in the evening’s middleweight headliner.

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