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cool cat 05-03-07 12:30 PM

UFC vs. Boxing Ratings - Who Is More Popular?
 
This is not a bash on boxing.

http://www.mmanews.com/ufc/UFC-vs.-B...e-Popular.html
David Schwarz sent along the following:

Is the UFC more popular than boxing?

The most watched UFC fight so far in 2007 on Spike TV outdrew the most watched boxing match on television this year by 73%. Last year, the most watched UFC fight outdrew boxing’s most viewed event by 800,000 viewers. Details below:

2007:
SPIKE TV
UFC 70 ��" Mirko “Cro Cop” vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
Saturday, April 21
2.8 million viewers

HBO
Ricky Hatton vs Juan Urango
Saturday, January 20
1.5 million viewers

2006:
SPIKE TV
Tito Ortiz vs. Ken Shamrock
October 10
4.3 million viewers

HBO
Winky Wright vs. Jermain Taylor
June 17
3.5 million viewers

About the UFC Fight Nights on Spike TV:

The UFC Fight Nights air live on Spike TV and feature many of the biggest names in the world of mixed martial arts. Thus far, UFC Fight Nights have averaged 2.2 million viewers -- more than the average regular season telecasts of the NBA, NHL, and NCAA basketball on cable television. Spike TV is the proud television home to the best mixed martial arts programming on television with such popular shows as The Ultimate Fighter, UFC Unleashed, UFC Fight Night, UFC Countdown, and Ultimate Knockouts. Spike TV began airing UFC programming in January, 2005 and was the first television network in North America to air a live UFC bout.

kyleo 05-03-07 12:35 PM

It feels like MMA has an inferiority complex with boxing. OK, we get it, people watch UFC :lol

cool cat 05-03-07 01:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kyleo (Post 1091137)
It feels like MMA has an inferiority complex with boxing. OK, we get it, people watch UFC :lol

Or they can live side by side and not get bashed by uneducated fans.

Hairyhandedgent 05-03-07 01:38 PM

professional pogo stick riding > UFC > Boxing

cool cat 05-03-07 02:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hairyhandedgent (Post 1091223)
professional pogo stick riding > UFC > Boxing

Girl professional pogo stick riding maybe.

Krycek1 05-03-07 02:22 PM

Spike TV is a basic cable channel. Don't a lot less people have HBO? It is a premium channel.

invisiblekid09 05-03-07 02:25 PM

I like both, MMA and Boxing.

kyleo 05-03-07 02:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cool cat (Post 1091179)
Or they can live side by side and not get bashed by uneducated fans.

I'm not bashing either, except that I'm tired of people, usually MMA fans, negatively citing boxing in comparison to MMA, because I too enjoy both. I personally never got why there had to be any comparison at all. MMA's got a great, hardcore audience, boxing has lost some luster but still has its core fans. Spike's probably very excited to be getting somewhat comparable ratings to what WWE got when it was on.

Derkaderka 05-03-07 06:49 PM

I'd choose UFC over boxing any day of the week.


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