This past Saturday Night was the UFC’s debut on ESPN+ with UFC Fight Night Brooklyn, which saw UFC Flyweight Champion Henry Cejudo defeat UFC Bantamweight Champion TJ Dillashaw in the main event.
The show apparently drew big subscriber numbers for the streaming service, as ESPN touted that over 525,000 new subscribers joined ESPN+ due to UFC Fight Night Brooklyn.
Dave Meltzer also reported that the surge in sign-ups for ESPN+ beat any single day surge for either the WWE Network or UFC Fight Pass. Also, a four fight preliminary card aired live on ESPN, with Donald Cerrone defeating Alexander Hernandez in the featured spot, which bring in a 1.4 rating in the major metered markets.
ESPN also claimed that a total of 1.8 million unique visitors would view MMA related content across all of ESPN’s digital platforms this past weekend. Google searches were also up big time during event day, as 1.6 million searches were done by people using the keywords UFC, Cerrone and (Greg) Hardy.
Up next for the UFC and ESPN+ is UFC Fight Night Fortaleza, which features Raphael Assuncao and former WSOF Bantamweight Champion Marlon Moraes headlining the card.