It would appear that UFC newcomer Mackenzie Dern managed to draw in significantly more viewers than women’s UFC featherweight champion Cris Cyborg over the weekend.
UFC 222 went down Saturday night, March 3, inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. Headlining the night’s event, Cris Cyborg put on a dominant display over Yana Kunitskaya in a defense of her title.
With that in mind, Mackenzie Dern made her octagon debut in the featured FS1 prelim of the night. The fighter put on an octagon war with Ashley Yoder, ultimately earning a split decision victory over her opponent.
The night’s preliminary card managed to draw 905,000 viewers on FOX Sports 1. The peak of the event occurred during Dern’s debut, reaching 1,076,000 views. That being said, early reports claim that the UFC 222 pay-per-view only sold between 210,000 and 260,000 purchases.
Consequently, Dern’s debut under the UFC banner appears to have left a larger mark with viewership than Cyborg’s latest title defense.