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Posted on February 1, 2012 by John Petit

Around The UFC: FTC Investigation Closed, UFC On FOX Ratings, White’s UFC 143 Blog

Around The UFC:

FTC Investigation Over, No action is needed.

After Zuffa (parent company of the UFC) purchased Strikeforce many UFC detractors began claiming that they have created a monopoly. They sort of had a point, albeit a very loose one, as they had purchased the WEC years ago and eventually folded the whole thing in their roster. The FTC felt that they should look into the matter, and have been investigating the claims almost ever since.  That investigation in now over. The FTC released a letter today saying the investigation was close, FTC secretary Donald S. Clark wrote “Upon further review of this matter, it now appears that no further action is warranted by the commission at this time.  Accordingly, the investigation has been closed.”  The letter also goes on to say that they reserve the right to take action later, but as of right now it is done. The letter said in conclusion “The Commission reserves the right to take such further action as the public interest may require.”

UFC On FOX 2 Ratings

The fights are over, the cuts have been stitched, and sore limbs are on ice. However, the FOX tv events aren’t about pay per view, they are about ratings. The UFC On FOX 2 card took place in Chicago, IL this past Saturday in front of a sold out crowd at the United Center. The top markets for UFC on FOX 2 were Las Vegas, Louisville, Indianapolis, Greenville (N.C.) and Knoxville. Fox executives released the ratings breakdown for the main card, and they went as followed.

Demian Maia Vs. Chris Weidman put up a 2.2 rating, and 4 million viewers.
Chael Sonnen Vs Michael Bisping put up a 2.7 rating and 4.9 million viewers.
Rashad Evans Vs Phil Davis put up a rating of 3.4 and 6.1 million viewers.

Overall, UFC On FOX 2 is tied for the second highest rated UFC event in TV history with UFC 75. It also ranks third all0time among MMA events in US history, only behind the first UFC On FOX and the EliteXC: Primetime event (which aired on CBS.)

Dana White’s UFC 143 Video Blog

White released his first video blog for UFC 143, but the content is all what happened backstage after the UFC On FOX card.


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