UFC On Fox 9 Rating Lower Than Expected

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UFC on Fox 9 took place on Saturday night in Sacramento, California. The main event featured Demetrious Johnson retaining his UFC Flyweight Championship defeating Joseph Benavidez by first round knockout.

The rating for the show was a 1.8 with a 2.8 million total viewers. The number is up 20 percent in ratings and 18 percent in viewers from the Johnson vs. John Moraga fight on July 27 at UFC on Fox 8. The strongest markets for the show were were Tulsa, Oklahoma, which did a 3.7 rating, and Sacramento, which did a 2.8.

Saturday’s show was the lowest rain for a UFC on FOX event of the five held so far during football season.The number though is down 26 percent and overall viewership down 34 percent from Johnson’s Jan. 26 UFC on Fox 6 fight against John Dodson. Ratings have been the highest when the events are promoted during FOX’s NFL and college football games.

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Demetrious Johnson vs Joseph Benavidez II Will Now Headline UFC On Fox 9

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After it was announced that the Pettis-Thomson was off due to Pettis’ knee injury, Johnson and Benavidez has been promoted to the main event of UFC on Fox 9.

The Johnson-Benavidez rematch was originally supposed to take place on The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale on Saturday, November 30 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The two flyweights first squared off last September at UFC 152 for the inaugural flyweight title, with Johnson winning by split decision.

Since that time, Benavidez has won three in a row defeating Ian McCall, Darren Uyenoyama and most recently Jussier da Silva. Johnson is 4-0-1 in last five fights will be looking to make his third title defense this year, all on Fox broadcasts. The champion has defeated John Dodson and John Moraga so far this year.

UFC on Fox 9 takes place on Saturday, December 14 from the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California.

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