Going against strong college football competition, the prelims for Saturday'sUFC 192 show, drew the fourth-lowest audience of the 11 shows of its kind so far in 2015.
Leading up to the show, headlined by Daniel Cormier vs. Alexander Gustafsson's light heavyweight title match, the prelim show FS 1, averaged 749,000 viewers. The show aired from 8-10 p.m. Eastern time.
The main event of the prelims was a featherweight fight with Yair Rodriguez vs. Daniel Hooker. The best known name on the prelims was likely Rose Namajunas, who opened the show against Angela Hill, although both Sage Northcutt and Albert Tumenov put on star-making performances and Northcutt may have made himself into a star with his 57-second win over Francisco Trevino..
The number was 22 percent below the 2015 average of 964,000 viewers. This year's numbers are well up from last year because of more interest in the pay-per-view shows overall. While there is no exact correlation between prelims and pay-per-view numbers, more often than not here is some indication.
LINK: UFC 192 prelims average 749,000 viewers against heavy football competition - MMA Fighting
Fedor Emelianenko's opponent for his Dec. 31 return fight is expected to be announced at a press conference in Japan on Thursday, however, sources with knowledge of the fight say the new Japanese promotion is targeting Indian-Japanese heavyweight kickboxer Singh Jaideep as his foe.
The 28-year-old Jaideep is 40-10 (1 NC) in kickboxing but just 1-0 in MMA. His lone MMA fight was in June 2013 when he defeated Alireza Tavak at Super Fight League 19. The 2009 K-1 World Grand Prix in Seoul champion hasn't won a kickboxing match since 2011.
The 39-year-old Emelianenko (34-14, 1 NC) recently ended his retirement to sign with former Pride boss Nobuyuki Sakakibara's new promotion, whose name has yet to be announced. One name that has been discussed is Samurai FC, but that has yet to be finalized. That announcement is also expected to come Thursday, along with several more details about the organization.
LINK: New Japanese promotion targeting Fedor Emelianenko vs. Singh Jaideep on New Year's Eve - MMA Fighting
During an appearance on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour, longtime Pride, UFC and Bellator veteran Quinton Jackson said we might have seen the last of him in the cage.
The 37-year old "Rampage" Jackson alluded to his retirement throughout the interview, and said his decision to potentially hang up the gloves would come down to how the lawsuit played out between him and Viacom.
"I really do think that I fought my last fight," he told Ariel Helwani. "Because, you guys weren't in the mediation with me when Viacom said what they want for me to settle. I felt like it was lopsided and my attorney felt like it was lopsided. I don't think I can tell you [what it was], but I could sue them for a lot of money. Because I lost a lot of money. And they want to settle, I was like wow.
"I don't think I can tell you guys, but if I ever find out I can tell you, I'll put it out there. But I don't think I can."
LINK: Quinton Jackson: 'I really do think that I fought my last fight' - MMA Fighting
Michael “Venom” Page (8-0) looks to remain undefeated to begin his exciting career, when he faces Charlie Ontiveros (6-3) in a welterweight contest at “Bellator 144: Galvao vs. Dantas 2” at the...
Daniel Cormier def. Alexander Gustafsson via split decision
Ryan Bader def. Rashad Evans via unanimous decision
Ruslan Magomedov def. Shawn Jordan via unanimous decision
Joseph Benavidez def. Ali Bagautinov via unanimous decision
Julianna Pena def. Jessica Eye via unanimous decision
Yair Rodriguez def. Dan Hooker via unanimous decision
Albert Tumenov def. Alan Jouban via first-round KO (2:55)
Adriano Martins def. Islam Makhachev via first-round KO (1:46)
Rose Namajunas def. Angela Hill via sub (rear-naked choke) (R1, 2:47)
Sage Northcutt def. Francisco Trevino via first-round TKO (0:57)
Sergio Pettis def. Chris Cariaso via unanimous decision (29-27 x2, 29-28)
Derrick Lewis def. Viktor Pesta via third-round TKO (1:15)
According to Hendricks' manager Ted Ehrhardt, Hendricks suffered a blockage in his intestine last night while cutting weight, as well as a kidney stone. He was rushed to the emergency room and had to be given an IV. UFC president Dana White announced via Twitter Friday morning that Hendricks-Woodley was off due to "Hendricks weight cut issues."
At Thursday's media day, Hendricks said he weighed 183 pounds, which he was happy with. The former UFC welterweight champion has struggled with weight cutting throughout his career, and earlier this year he made headlines when he parted ways with famed MMA nutrionist Mike Dolce.
"The weight was coming off fine and then yesterday my body just started to shut down," Hendricks said. "Then yesterday my body just started to shut down. When it hit that point, I tried to push through it, and well, it didn't go well because then I had to go to the ER."
Hendricks said he is no longer in the hospital but, "the body is hurting bad and sore from it. The body hasn't recovered from it yet, but maybe it will tomorrow."
LINK: Johny Hendricks forced out of UFC 192 fight after being rushed to emergency room - MMA Fighting
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