WEC Ratings Go Back to Normal


Carlos Condit vs. Hiromitsu Miura. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

Without Urijah Faber on the card, World Extreme Cagefighting’s latest offering reportedly turned in disappointing, yet normal ratings during it’s two-and-a-half hour August 3rd broadcast on Versus.

Dave Meltzer reported the numbers in the most recent edition of the Wrestling Observer and MMA Payout has picked them up:

The latest ratings lesson comes from the 8/3 WEC show on Versus. The show did a 0.5 rating and 423,000 viewers, doing a 0.4 in Males 18-34 and 0.8 in Males 35-49. It’s the same numbers WEC was doing for non-Faber headlined shows before the 6/1 blowout. So even coming off a hugely successful event, the base regular WEC audience hasn’t changed. Most expect the next show with Faber to do a better number, but the hope for a ratings difference for a normal show didn’t happen.

Meltzer also states that despite the ratings dropping way down compared to Faber’s slugfest against Jens Pulver on Memorial Day Weekend, the show was still a success for Versus, which despite being around for two years now, still struggles to pick up viewers. (It apparently only averages a 0.2 rating in prime time)

The gate for the event was anything special either, but that’s because it was another WEC event held at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas of course. The show was sold out with 1,006 fans in attendance. 734 of the tickets were paid and the total gate amounted to $116,900.

Despite losing money, Zuffa likely continues to hold events there due to the courtesy Hard Rock officials showed to the UFC following the debut of “The Ultimate Fighter” three years ago. However a $760 million expansion of the concert arena that is currently underway is expected to triple the amount of seating capacity.

WEC 35 featured a total of three title bouts and was headlined by Carlos Condit successfully defending his WEC welterweight title in a four-round war with Japanese veteran Hiromitsu Miura. Jamie Varner also defended his lightweight belt while Steve Cantwell defeated Brian Stann by second-round TKO to win the WEC light heavyweight strap.

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