MMA update: UFC on FOX 4 live gate and rating, JDS-Overeem, Bellator rematch set,
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According to MMAFighting.com, Saturday night's UFC on FOX 4: Shogun vs. Vera event averaged 2.36 million viewers and did a 1.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic. The UFC went up against the Olympics that night, which drew over 26 million viewers.
Via MMAFighting.com's Mike Chiappetta:
The event, which kicked off at 8 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. ET, started off with 1.91 million viewers at the start time, and increased every half-hour, going from 2.1 million to 2.2 million to 2.36 million for the 9:30-10 pm block.
FOX finished second in the valued demographic with a 1.1 rating. The last UFC on FOX special, which aired in May, drew 2.4 million viewers for an event that featured lightweights Nate Diaz and Jim Miller in the main event. The first two UFC on FOX events drew 5.7 million and 4.7 million viewers, respectively.
--Over the weekend UFC President Dana White told the media he'd like to see UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes retire, as well as former light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin. That didn't sit well with Griffin, according to White.
--White also revealed that UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos wants to fight Alistair Overeem instead of the man promised the next title shot in Cain Velasquez. Dos Santos knocked out Velasquez last November in just a minute to win the title in a fight where neither man was near 100-percent. Velasquez and his trainer Javier Mendez have been actively campaigning for the next shot, but White says JDS wants to "shut Overeem up."
Don't think Overeem's trash talk is the real reason behind dos Santos' desire to bypass Velasquez though, according to WrestlingObserver.com's Dave Meltzer (as per his site's official MMA forum):
If you think JDS wanting to fight Overeem and not Velasquez because Overeem said bad things about him is the story, you guys are way past naive. The people who advise JDS are looking for what they perceive to be the most money with the least risk. You can debate whether they are right or wrong all day long by saying he knocked out Cain, why would they be afraid, and in doing so, you don't get fighters or fighting.
By nature, most heavyweight champs aren't afraid of anyone. By nature, most people who negotiate for the heavyweight champ are scared shitless of the toughest guy because they don't want to be negotiating for the former heavyweight champion and will come up with anything to avoid him.