ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 07: (L-R) Joanne Calderwood of United Kingdom kicks Andrea Lee in their women’s flyweight bout during UFC 242 at The Arena on September 7, 2019 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by
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Saturday’s UFC 242 preliminary card had three things going against it when it came to the television ratings. The first was the start time, which was noon E.T. The second was that the event was broadcast on FX and not on one of the ESPN family of channels due to the college football schedule. The third strike against the cable television ratings was that the prelim card was also broadcast on ESPN+. The ratings for the UFC 242 prelims seemed to suffer due to these circumstances.
An average of 222,000 viewers tuned into the four-fight prelim card. The top fight on the prelims saw Joanne Calderwood defeat Andrea Lee in a women’s flyweight contest. The setback ended Lee’s seven-fight winning streak and moved Calderwood from the No. 5 position in the women’s 125-pound division to No. 3 in the official rankings.
UFC 242 took place at The Arena at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. The main card streamed on ESPN+ pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN+, FX and UFC Fight Pass.
The main event of the pay-per-view portion of the card saw Khabib Nurmagomedov defeat Dustin Poirier in a lightweight title unification bout. Nurmagomedov submitted Poirier in the third round to move his perfect record to 28-0.
UFC president Dana White did not