UFC Sets Records For ESPN +
Even with controversy miring the final two fights of the evening, the UFC is enjoying a historic night for their first ESPN/ESPN+ broadcast.
Saturday’s UFC Fight Night on ESPN+ saw not only Henry Cejudo retaining the UFC flyweight title, but a record 568,000 subscribers sign up for the ESPN’s streaming service from January 18th-19th, including 525,000 subscriptions on the 19th. The event from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center marked the largest catalyst for subscriptions since the launch of the platform in 2018.
The preliminary card that aired on ESPN following Zion Williamson leading the Duke Blue Devils to a 72-70 win over Virginia, would register a 1.4 overnight rating, the highest for a UFC Fight Night prelim since 2013.
“Our first UFC Fight Night on ESPN+ was a thrilling evening of action and a great success, with a record-setting night that continued the momentum for ESPN+, delivered strong ratings on ESPN and marks a great start to our new agreement with the UFC,” said Kevin Mayer, Chairman, Direct-To-Consumer and International, The Walt Disney Company. “It was a milestone evening, with the success driven by outstanding joint efforts from the teams at DTCI and ESPN.”
The prelims were headlined by crowd-favorite Donald Cerrone’s second round TKO of Alex Hernandez, which may set up a showdown with former two-division champion Conor McGregor.