The UFC 109 Prelims drew an impressive 1.7 million viewers on Spike TV with Mac Danzig vs. Justin Buchholz and Melvin Guillard vs. Ronny Torres being shown, according to MMAJunkie.com.
The previous record was held by UFC 108 which had Cole Miller vs. Dan Lauzon and Martin Kampmann vs. Jacob Volkmann, which drew 1.5 million viewers.
The UFC Prelims first started when the promotion was set go against Floyd Mayweather’s return to boxing in September and were only seen as a one—off event. When the event drew 1.3 million viewers, the decision was made to due these events full time with the exception of UFC 107 (Delayed due to an award show) and international events.
Fighters such as Ryan Bader, Pat Barry, Kendall Grove, Ben Saunders, and Efrain Escudero have picked up victories on the Spike specials.