Yikes, Fight Night 135 does lowest ever viewership on a UFC/FS1 event

Yikes, Fight Night 135 does lowest ever viewership on a UFC/FS1 event

Justin Gaethje is as exciting a fighter as there is, but he doesn’t seem to have much draw.

Saturday, more people watched Logan Paul fight KSI than saw Justin Gaethje take out James Vick at Fight Night 135. Let that marinate for a moment. That fact proved two things beyond a shadow of a doubt. Number one, as a society we’re headed to hell in a handcart. Number 2, Justin Gaethje is an amazing and exciting fighter, but the mainstream fans don’t know it, yet.

The least viewed event previously was the TUF Brazil 3 finale, headlined by Stipe Miccic and Fabio Maldonado. This card did worse than that! Yikes. The event was seen by roughly 595,000 people. The average this year for FS1/UFC events has been over 800,000 viewers per. So this is a substantial dropoff from the yearly average.

I don’t know if it was boxing on ESPN that cut into viewership or a CBS football doubleheader, but something certainly had people’s attention Saturday night and it wasn’t the UFC. The co-main event Saturday night was Michael Johnson and Andre Fili. Another fight featuring talented fighters who just might not be able to draw views at this time.

The UFC is hoping to rebound with Fight Night 136, taking place September 15th and featuring  Mark Hunt facing off with Alexey Oleinik. The co-feature bout is between  Shamil Abdurakhimov and Andrei Arlovski. People like heavyweights, so I’m guessing the viewership will be better.