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Mind = Blown: UFC 147 Draws Over 20 Million Viewers and 16,000 Fans

(No, you can’t do that… you can’t triple jab a double jab, you can’t triple jab a double jab! Ace!)

Perhaps this news shouldn’t be all that shocking, considering that MMA is as popular in Brazil as, well, pornography is in Brazil. In either case, you might be surprised to learn that the incredibly weak lineup of UFC 147, which faced enough injury withdrawals to give Joe Silva a heart attack twice over, drew in over 20 million viewers, as reported by That’s only three million less than UFC 142 brought in back in January, which featured Jose Aldo’s destruction of Chad Mendes, Edson Barboza’s destruction of Terry Etim, and Anthony Johnson’s destruction of a nearby Chima Steakhouse.

Perhaps even more surprising than the amount of viewers who caught UFC 147 from home were those who actually attended the event live. If you recall, the UFC was giving out full refunds for the event to those who had purchased tickets prior to the aforementioned injury curse (something we later found out was simply in accordance with Brazilian law), which didn’t exactly lead us to believe that the event would draw in an astounding 16,643 fans. Now there’s some dedication that should be applauded.

Although we have yet to hear back on the PPV numbers from the event (which will likely be much, much lower than any in recent memory), it is great to hear, at least for the UFC, that an event as lackluster on paper as UFC 147 was can still reel in numbers as significant as those. But could you imagine how great UFC 147 would have been given the original lineup? It would be like if David Hasselhoff and Rammstein played a joint concert at a bratwurst and beer festival in Hamburg on Pfingstmontag, for Christ’s sake. This is just one of the many reasons we need to eliminate the UN, Potato Nation.

-J. Jones

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Mr_Misanthropy- June 25, 2012 at 11:24 pm
My mind was way more blown earlier today. I saw a midget on a moped waiting to pull out of a parking lot. Looked like he had a 1600cc Hog with ape hangers.
Mofo- June 25, 2012 at 11:12 pm
Also 16 thousand is not astounding. 55 thousand in Canada was astounding. 16 thousand is just above average.
Mofo- June 25, 2012 at 11:11 pm
I have no idea what you're saying. 20 million viewers? Doesn't that mean pay per view? Then you say "we have yet to hear back on the PPV numbers"... so what's the 20 million number?? Sigh. Not good writing. Unclear. They don't "pay per view" in Brazil?
UFCFightBlogger- June 25, 2012 at 9:53 pm
There is a reason the UFC loves coming back to Brazil and made Brazil the first international edition of TUF, they have so many fight fans in the country. Its no surprise. Can't imagine what kind of records would have been broken if Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen had remained on the card.

Check out what Dana White said about Aldo's fight with Koch
Todd M- June 25, 2012 at 9:09 pm
Big Gulps hey guys?....,,,,,,,,,, Well Cya!
netterbog- June 25, 2012 at 5:45 pm
"Silva" ... I was _way_ off. I knew it started with an "S."
netterbog- June 25, 2012 at 5:44 pm
Best. Caption. Ever.
beef_kurtains- June 25, 2012 at 3:19 pm
apparently Brazilians ain't gots a lot to do on a Saturday night...