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Date: May 5, 2012
Average U.S. viewers: 2.25 Million
Pre-fight hype: C
Star Power: C+
Fight Quality: A
FINAL GRADE: C+
Some questioned the UFC's decision to book relatively unknown fighters Jim Miller vs. Nate Diaz in the main event of a show that would air on network television and as it turns out, they may have been right...at least by some standards.
Only an estimated 2.25 million viewers watched the event from the United States—less than half of what UFC on FOX 2 drew in and over 3 million less viewers than watched UFC on FOX 1.
It certainly didn't help that the event was going up against other large sporting events on the same night including various Major League Baseball games, The Kentucky Derby and a Floyd Mayweather, Jr. boxing fight.
However, one has to wonder whether the UFC made the right decision to not stack the event with at least one real "big name" fighter in the main event.
Diaz and Miller delivered on a highly entertaining fight as Diaz became the first man ever to finish Miller in a mixed martial arts bout when he submitted him late in Round 2. The rest of the fight card was equally as entertaining
Unfortunately, much of the MMA community will never see this event and thus it's hard to evaluate just how successful UFC on FOX 3 really was.
For those who saw it, it was an exceptionally entertaining show which may be in the running for Event of the Year when it's all said and done, but the UFC and FOX may have missed out on a big TV rating due to their decision to let the show rest on the shoulders of two non-household names.
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