UFC and FX executives must be extremely pleased with Tuesday’s episode of “The Ultimate Fighter.”
According to TVbytheNumbers.com, the show averaged 1.14 million viewers. That number is significantly greater than the 737,000 competing promotion Bellator MMA pulled Thursday.
Not only was Tuesday’s episode a ratings success, the featured fight was one of the best of the season.
Team Sonnen selected Tor Troeng to fight Josh Samman in one of the few remaining preliminary round fights. Troeng and Samman began the fight by engaging in high-level grappling on the mat and against the cage. Samman, who was consistently the aggressor in the fight, took advantage of Troeng dropping his hands. As Troeng moved backward, Samman landed a solid combination knocking out Troeng and securing Team Jones’ second win.
The knockout victory for Samman reaffirmed UFC President Dana White’s preseason assertion that this would be one of the best seasons in show history. In the third episode, Uriah Hall created significant interest in the show with his spectacular spinning kick to the jaw of Adam Cella.
Hall, however, has been adding entertainment value to the show in other ways than just his fighting ability.
Tuesday’s show featured Hall getting under the skin of several cast members. At one point, Hall argued with Samman and followed that up with a private interview indicating his desire to fight Samman later in the season.
Hall responded on Twitter to the behavior he displayed on Tuesday’s episode. ”Damn they edit the s— out of that episode, s— didn’t go down like that but bring on the haters,” Hall stated.
Even without the editing, viewers will still tune in for a possible Hall versus Samman fight in the finals. Their knockout abilities alone makes their anticipated fight extremely intriguing.