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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UFC On Fox 9 Preview Show With Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson And Pat Healy

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UFC on Fox 9 takes place on Saturday from the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California. The main event will feature UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson defending his title in a rematch with Joseph Benavidez. The co-feature will have Urijah Faber battling Michael McDonald in bantamweight action.

We preview the show this weekend as Steve talks to Johnson about the rematch, what he took from the first fight, being a father, moving back to bantamweight and much more.

Steve also talks to UFC lightweight Pat Healy as he battles Bobby Green on the preliminary portion of the card. Healy discusses the fight, if he still about the marijuana incident after UFC 159, his love for the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers and 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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Anthony Pettis To Undergo Knee Surgery in December

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We had reported last week that UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis was still battling a bum knee and wouldn’t be able to headline UFC on Fox 9 against Josh Thomson. After seeing a few doctors, “UFC Tonight” reported that Pettis will have knee surgery to repair a torn PCL in his left knee.

The lightweight champion suffered the injury in his title win over Benson Henderson at UFC 164 in August. Pettis at first tried to rehab it, then after he went back to training for the Thomson fight, he hurt it again. “Showtime” will have surgery on December 12th out in Los Angeles. A timetable for how long Pettis will be out is unknown, but the normal time to come back from a PCL surgery is six to nine months.

Pettis told the show that he plans to be back by the summertime of 2014. When do you think Pettis will return to the company?

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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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Anthony Pettis Suffers Knee Injury, Out Of UFC On Fox 9 Main Event

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Anthony Pettis will have to wait on making his first title defense as UFC lightweight champion. It was announced on “Fox Sports Live” on Fox Sports 1 that Pettis has suffered a knee injury and is out of his UFC on Fox 9 main event fight with Josh Thomson.

Pettis won the lightweight title against Benson Henderson at UFC 164 in August. The Wisconsin native was originally was supposed to face T.J. Grant at the event, but Grant is still suffering the effects of a concussion suffered in June. That was when the UFC replaced Grant with Thomson, who had an impressive return to the UFC when he defeated Nate Diaz at UFC on Fox 7 in April.

UFC on FOX 9 will take place on Saturday December 14 from the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California.

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UFC on Fox 9 Kickoff Press Conference on BetweenTheRopes.com Starting At 4 PM ET

UFC on Fox 9 takes place on Saturday, December 14 from the MTS Centre in Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California. The main event will feature UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis defending his title against former Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson.

The event will be officially announced today takes at the Sleep Train Arena. Participating at the press conference will be UFC President Dana White, Pettis, Thomson, Urijah Faber, Michael McDonald, Chad Mendes, Nik Lentz, Carlos Conditď‚Žand Matt Brown.

You can the press conference starting at 4 p.m. at betweentheropes.com on the video above.

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Anthony Pettis vs Josh Thomson Headlines UFC On Fox 9

Anthony Pettis became the UFC lightweight champion a little over two weeks ago at UFC 164 when he defeated Benson Henderson. Pettis has a date and an opponent for his first title defense.

Pettis will be squaring off with former Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson in the main event of UFC on Fox 9 on Saturday, December 14.

Thomson last fought in April at UFC on Fox 7 when he became the first to ever stop Nick Diaz when stopped Diaz in the second round. The Calfornia native got the shot at Pettis when T.J. Grant announced on Twitter last night that he was still experiencing the effects of a concussion he suffered in June.

UFC on Fox 9 will take place at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California. Here is the updated card for UFC on Fox 9.

- Anthony Pettis vs. Josh Thomson – for UFC lightweight title
- Urijah Faber vs. Michael McDonald
- Nik Lentz vs. Chad Mendes