All the Cage: Solid ratings for Calvillo-Eye; fighters call out UFC matchmaker Joe Silva
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Anyone who doubted whether the UFC had the stage to themselves when they returned from their coronavirus layoff last month just had to watch their TV ratings.
Saturday's fight card at UFC Apex, led by a non-flyweight title fight between Jessica Eye and Cynthia Calvillo, in which Calvillo won unanimously, caused breathtaking numbers.
The show reached an average of 908,000 viewers, peaked at 1.1 million and averaged 1 million viewers for the last half-hour block during the main event.
This was a show that had previously been largely ridiculed and called one of the worst shows the UFC had ever shown. But it was the # 1 sporting event of the week on cable among adults between 18 and 34, adults between 18 and 49, men between 18 and 34, and men between 18 and 49.
It ranked third among the sporting events behind the Charles Schwab Challenge on the Golf Channel on June 14th and the NASCAR Cup Series race in Martinsville on FS1 on June 10th.
As gaudy as these reviews are for a fight night show, they don't include viewers who watch ESPN + via stream. ESPN typically does not publish streaming video numbers for ESPN +.
The show went much better than anyone expected. Each of the first three fights ended in less than a minute with a knockout. It was the first time in UFC history.
Cynthia Calvillo reacts after her win over Jessica Eye in her flyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night at UFC Apex on June 13, 2020 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Unger / Zuffa LLC)
The shows of the next two weeks at the Apex, on Saturday and then on June 27th, have well-known fighters at the main events, which helps to make the numbers even better. Heavyweights Curtis Blaydes and Alexander Volkov will meet on Saturday for the main event. On June 27, a light fight between Dustin Poirier and Dan Hooker will be the main event.
UFC President Dana White was not surprised by the good ratings.
"Everyone ripped the show and talked s --- but we made good numbers on all of those shows, so I thought we would too [for Eye-Calvillo]," he told Yahoo Sports. "People love these fights."
Silva takes it by the chin
Former UFC matchmaker Joe Silva is one of the most brilliant minds in the history of sports, and has run the Hall of Fame for his sporting work from the very beginning until shortly after the company was sold in 2016 when he retired, made.
But several fighters, including ex-lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez, Jon Fitch, Mike Pierce, Gerald Harris and Gray Maynard, have destroyed Silva on Twitter.
Harris wrote: “Joe Silva has told me since I lost in the Ultimate Fighter that I would never be good enough for the UFC. When I got in, he hated me and couldn't wait to lose. So he gave me four badass newbies and when I lost, he cut me after three previous knockout wins. "
Maynard said, "People have no idea what he's been through."
Alvarez tried to explain this through a series of tweets. He said that after an argument with Anthony Pettis he was in a restaurant and saw Silva at the next table. He introduced himself and jokingly asked to fight for the title.
Silva reportedly told him that as he was fighting, he would never get a title shot while he was around.
Alvarez gets a fight against champion Rafael dos Anjos, wins it, and then says that Silva is the first person he saw in the back after leaving the cage.
"No" congratulations ", no" good job ", just a bitter, angry, little little man," said Alvarez. "I said nothing because nothing had to be communicated. I just winked. Success is how you destroy your enemies. "
Spider vs. Showtime?
Anthony Pettis and Anderson Silva spoke about the fight against each other on Instagram, but White doesn't like the fight and is unlikely to do so without much public pressure.
It is an interesting game that is difficult to name because Silva, who has 1-6 with a no-contest in his last eight fights, is significantly larger than Pettis. The former lightweight champion has a win over Donald Cerrone and Stephen Thompson in the welterweight division, but Silva still has a punch and has fought in the light heavyweight division.
I don't see much need for Silva to fight anymore. There's nothing left to prove, but other than that a 45-year-old man gets into the cage after it's heyday, fighting Pettis would not be much more dangerous than anyone else.
It's a fun fight that gets people talking.
I'm not going to get into a soap box and call for it, but if it were done I wouldn't complain either.
She said, it
"I achieved everything I wanted. I am fine. I can continue my life, maybe take a new step, maybe find new talents, help some girls there, maybe even become a coach. I am in a moment when I am I can pull back, you know, and I'm in a moment when I can fight. I'm fine. There's nothing else to do in the department right now. The Hall of Fame will come for sure. My life in the future, if if I stop now, the UFC will give me all the support I need to continue to have my money and my work. ”- UFC bantamweight / featherweight champion Amanda Nunes at Esporte Espectacular in Brazil.
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