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Newsflash: Spike TV Broadcasts of UFC PPV Prelims Are a Good Idea


(‘Dairy is rape, you son of a bitch!’ Photo courtesy of Fight Magazine.)

You can file this under the category of ‘Things That Should Have Been Obvious Without Any Supporting Evidence,’ but the ratings numbers from Spike TV’s recent broadcasts of select preliminary fights from UFC pay-per-views prove that fight fans actually like seeing more fights for free. As MMA Payout points out, the UFC 109 prelims scored the highest rating yet, despite the lack of big names (sorry Justin Buchholz fans, but it’s true), with an average of 1.7 million viewers for the hour-long broadcast.

This is one of those ideas that, in retrospect, seems baffling for it to have taken this long to come to fruition. The UFC isn’t doing much with those undercard fights anyway – they can’t show all of them, and it’s not like a bunch of people are willing to pay extra online to see Guillard and Torres go three rounds – and, who knows, you might even convince a couple people who were flipping through the channels on a Saturday night to pony up and buy the pay-per-view. Or maybe they find themselves watching Joe Rogan do a thorough analysis of an attempt to clean up ice and they flip back to “Man vs. Wild” reruns. Either way, keep them coming and we’ll keep on watching.  Unless Bear Grylls goes somewhere really crazy, like the moon.  Come on, Man vs. Moon?  Forget about it.  There’s just no way we’re missing that.

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ReX13- February 10, 2010 at 6:23 am
We are receiving reports that male MMA fans worldwide have expressed interest in seeing female athletes in a state of undress. From Gina Carano and Kyra Gracie to less athletic women like Christina Hendricks and Jennifer Aniston, men are intrigued by the unclothed female form, and want to see what is going on under there. According to William Edwin Goat, prominent sociologist and behavioral researcher: "Men like boobs."
Goat- February 10, 2010 at 12:28 am
This just in: Men like boobs.
Bare Grylls- February 9, 2010 at 11:06 pm
I've been to the moon, and back, in a spaceship crafted of dried leaves of the Alocasia Robusta sealed together with a mix of bat guano and my own feces. I was taught this method by an Amerindian native of Bolivia when I spent a year living with their tribe in the rainforests of the eastern lowlands, learning to survive in the extraordinarily deadly environment of their homeland.

I spent a month living on the moon, extracting sustenance from moon rocks and moon dust using nothing but the pubic hair on my naked body. Unfortunately, none of my camera crew survived the ordeal, so I have no footage of it.
ghostboner- February 9, 2010 at 10:42 pm
@purple pickle - machetes, cannibalism, and tire fires lol. Lose the tire fire and that joke could apply to most of Africa too.
steampunk22- February 9, 2010 at 9:01 pm
^^Justin "Sprott-Shaw" Bucholz
mthomas- February 9, 2010 at 8:06 pm
Hey! Me and the 6 other members of the Justin Bucholz fanclub resent you dragging 'JB' into this. You leave that boy alone! He's gonna be busy enough trying to find work after last weekend....
PurplePickle- February 9, 2010 at 7:48 pm
I doubt force would be required to have anyone leave Haiti since 1990, much less since the recent 'troubles' as my friend Jacques calls them.

By friend, I mean the dude I snatched at gunpoint at the Miami Greyhound terminal last month. Don't worry, he has held up well given my proclivities.

Do that voo-doo, that you do, so well, dearest Jacques.

Anybody out there own a pig farm? Just asking.
ArmFarmer- February 9, 2010 at 7:40 pm
I was especially glad they aired the danzig fight considering I had $1700 on a Danzig/Couture parlay. I also had individual bets on Sonnen winning, and that fight going over 11 minutes.. eat it Bens
steampunk22- February 9, 2010 at 7:00 pm
@Purplepicke

Technically Man vs. Haiti should have Bear round up the local children and then steal"adopt" them by force after eating the man cooked over the tire fire.

And no worries, there is no such thing as too soon.

Worrying about that sort of stuff is lamer than Christopher Reeve's zombie legs.

Huzzah!
cecils_pupils- February 9, 2010 at 6:31 pm
@Nut Puncher... curious then, what's #5?
PurplePickle- February 9, 2010 at 6:31 pm
I TiVo every Spike undercard, thank you very much.

How about Man vs Haiti, where Bear Grylls kills an elderly gentleman with his machete and then cooks him over a smoldering tire? That would be more entertaining than him drinking the juice from elephant doo doo.

Right? Too soon? Sorry.
Nut Puncher 9000- February 9, 2010 at 6:19 pm
and in case you were all wondering, the 6th thing on that list is "I will kick your ass" so watch the comments.
Nut Puncher 9000- February 9, 2010 at 6:13 pm
For reference I figure that it should be filed fifth under 1- My penis is Huge 2- I am the CEO of a Fortune 500 Company 3- Yes I will have a threesome with you and your Hot sister 4 - I like free MMA
Nut Puncher 9000- February 9, 2010 at 6:08 pm
I think the next logical step is obviously giving us free tickets to all live events. You can go ahead and file this under the category of ‘Things That Should Have Been Obvious Without Any Supporting Evidence.’
fiveforfive- February 9, 2010 at 6:05 pm
So... that "roll over to clean your balls" ad that shows up on the right IS GETTING MY VOTE FOR THE OSCAR. The testicle pun economy has never seen such inflation.
LetMeStickItInYourRua- February 9, 2010 at 5:40 pm
Blue Mountain State is pretty funny!
Just A Wrestler- February 9, 2010 at 5:39 pm
I don't usually watch them, but I was snowed in and didn't want to pay for the PPV so I thought I'd watch something. Some good fights too.
Viva Hate- February 9, 2010 at 5:37 pm
I believe the ratings for these fights and more to do with the excitement of spilled ice, the world has never seen such drama well that is if you listen to Joe Rogan and his insane commentary.
cecils_pupils- February 9, 2010 at 5:25 pm
Yes, it's obvious. Who does not like free? So, ummm, did we need a story on it? Keep these gems comin'. :)
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