The UFC 161: Evans vs. Henderson preliminary bout telecast on FX drew the lowest TV ratings of any UFC pay-per-view event prelims since UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort last September.
The UFC 161 Prelims drew an average audience of 968,000 viewers on Saturday.
That was a significant decrease from the UFC 160: Velasquez vs. Bigfoot II prelims, which amassed 1.3 million viewers. The UFC 152 prelims bottomed out at 955,000 viewers. The UFC 161 Prelims accounted for the third lowest total audience of the 19 UFC pay-per-view event prelim broadcasts on FX.
The UFC 161 fight card underwent several changes in the final weeks leading up to the event. The original interim bantamweight championship main event was forced off of the card, amongst the shuffling of numerous other bouts.
The UFC 161 Prelims featured Jake Shields vs. Tyron Woodley, a bout that led UFC president Dana White to tweet, “That fight SUCKED!!!!!”
Overall, the UFC 161 fight card tied a promotion record, at nine, for the most fights going to a decision during a single event.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans returned to his winning ways by scoring a split decision victory over Dan Henderson in the main event in Winnipeg.