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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Video: UFC on Fox 8 Show Opener

UFC on Fox 8 is finally here as the event takes place from the Key Arena in Seattle. The main event will feature UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson defending his title against John Moraga. In the co-feature, top welterweight contenders will square off as Rory MacDonald will square off against Jake Ellenberger.

The main card will also feature welterweights Robbie Lawler facing off with Bobby Voelker and the ladies kick off the main card as bantamweights Liz Carmouche and Jessica Andrade battle.

UFC on Fox 8 main card kicks off at 8 p.m. ET/5PT with six preliminary fights airing on FX starting at 5 p.m. ET and two fights on Facebook starting at 4 p.m. ET.

The video above is the montage for UFC on Fox 8 that will open up the broadcast.

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UFC on Fox 8 Weigh-In Results

Today’s weigh-ins for tomorrow night’s UFC on Fox 8 took place at the Key Arena in Seattle. The main event fighters, UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and challenger John Moraga were both on point as each guy made the 125 lb limit.

Here are the results from the UFC on Fox 8 weigh-ins:

MAIN CARD (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)
• Champ Demetrious Johnson (124.5) vs. John Moraga (124.5)
• Jake Ellenberger (171) vs. Rory MacDonald (170.5)
• Robbie Lawler (170.5) vs. Bobby Voelker (170)
• Jessica Andrade (134) vs. Liz Carmouche (136)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FX, 5 p.m. ET)
• Michael Chiesa (155.5) vs. Jorge Masvidal (155)*
• Danny Castillo (155) vs. Tim Means (160)**
• Mac Danzig (155) vs. Melvin Guillard (155)
• Daron Cruickshank (156) vs. Yves Edwards (155)
• Ed Herman (186) vs. Trevor Smith (185)
• Germaine de Randamie (135) vs. Julie Kedzie (135.5)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 4 p.m. ET)
• Aaron Riley (156) vs. Justin Salas (155)
• John Albert (137)*** vs. Yaotzin Meza (136)

* Masvidal initially weighed 157.5 pounds but was given an additional two hours and made weight on his second attempt.
** Means will forfeit 20 percent of his purse to Castillo.
*** Albert will forfeit 20 percent of his purse to Meza.

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UFC on Fox 8 Weigh-In Video

UFC on Fox 8 takes place tomorrow night from the Key Arena in Seattle. The main event will feature UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson defending his title against John Moraga.

Before the fights take, all 24 fighters on the card will step on the scale this evening.

The weigh-ins start at 7 p.m. ET.

Watch the video above of tonight’s festivities.

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Video: UFC on Fox 8, “Road to the Octagon” Full Episode

The UFC returns this Saturday as UFC on Fox 8 place this Saturday from the Key Arena in Seattle, Washington. The main event will feature Demetrious Johnson defending his UFC flyweight title against number one contender John Moraga.

Also in action will be Rory McDonald facing Jake Ellenberger in welterweight action, Robbie Lawler battling Bobby Voelker in a welterweight war and kicking off the main card on Fox will be former UFC women’s bantamweight number one contender Liz Carmouche looking to get back on track facing off Jessica Andrade.

The UFC yesterday aired the traditional, “Road to the Octagon” on Fox to preview some of the fights on Saturday’s card. The episode featured Johnson vs Moraga, McDonald vs Ellenberger and Lawler vs Voelker.

Watch the full episode of the show above.

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