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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Why Georges St-Pierre Should Not Come Back, UFC On Fox 9 Recap

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It was a big weekend in the world of MMA.

UFC on Fox 9 took place on Saturday night from Sacramento, California with Demetrious Johnson defeating Joseph Benavidez by first round knockout in the main event to retain the UFC flyweight championship.

It was also announced on Friday that long time reigning UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre was vacating the title effective immediately and is unsure about a return to the octagon.

Steve talked with MMA analyst Gabriel Morency from Sirius XM and The Fight Network earlier today. Morency and Steve recapped the Fox 9 card, discussed why St-Pierre won’t come back, who will replace St-Pierre as a top draw and much more.

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Full Episode Of UFC On Fox 9′s “Road To The Octagon”

UFC on Fox 9 takes place net Saturday, December 14 from the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California. The main event will feature Demetrious Johnson defending his UFC flyweight title against Joseph Benavidez. The co-main event will feature Urijah Faber battling Michael McDonald.

Before each Fox show, the UFC airs a preview show called “Road To The Octagon”, which goes behind of the scenes of the top fights on the show. You can watch the episode in the video stream above highlighting the aforementioned two matches and Carlos Condit vs Matt Brown.

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Gray Maynard vs Nate Diaz Bumped Up To Headline TUF 18 Finale

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The UFC has announced that Nate Diaz and Gray Maynard is the new main event for The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale on November 30 replacing the Demetrious Johnson-Joseph Benavidez flyweight title fight.

The reason Johnson-Benavidez, which was originally scheduled for the TUF 18 was moved to the Fox show was due to UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis had to bow out of his title fight with Josh Thomson due to a knee injury.

This will be the third time that Diaz and Maynard have squared off, but the second time officially as they fought each other when they were on the fifth season of TUF, with Diaz winning by submission. The two battled at UFC Fight Night 20 in January of 2010 with Maynard winning by split decision.

Diaz comes into the fight on a two fight losing streak, defeated by Benson Henderson and Josh Thomson. Maynard is 2-2-1 in his last five fights losing most recently to T.J. Grant by knockout at UFC 160 in May.

Usually main event fights are five rounds, but due to this fight being in 19 days, it will be a three round affair. The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale takes place on Saturday, November 30 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

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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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Demetrious Johnson vs Joseph Benavidez II At TUF 18 Finale

UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson competed at UFC on Fox 8 and you would have though with having a baby as well that he would take the rest of the year off. It was announced on “UFC Tonight”, that Johnson will defend his flyweight championship against Joseph Benavidez in the main event at The Ultimate Fighter 18 finale.

Johnson and Benavidez battled last year at UFC 152 when Johnson won the inaugural flyweight championship by split decision. Since that time, Johnson defeated John Dodson at UFC on Fox 6 in January and beat John Moraga at UFC on Fox 8 in July.

Benavidez since then has defeated Ian McCall, Darren Uyenoyama and Jussier Formaga. The California native stated after his win over Formiga that he wasn’t calling for a title shot, but he will be getting this shit at Johnson.

The Ultimate Fighter 18 finale will take place on Saturday, November 30 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The card will also feature Nate Diaz battling Grey Maynard and the men’s and women’s finale of The Ultimate Fighter 18.

Here is the updated card for The Ultimate Fighter 18 finale:

- Demetrious Johnson (C) vs. Joseph Benavidez – for flyweight title
- TBA vs. TBA – “TUF 18″ men’s tournament final
- TBA vs. TBA – “TUF 18″ women’s tournament final
- Nate Diaz vs. Gray Maynard

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