The Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipÂ® on Spike TV proved yet again to be a knockout hit in reaching the elusive young male viewer as the live finale of the seventh season of “The Ultimate Fighter” delivered more men 18-34 (645,000) and 18-49 (1,057,000) than anything on television (broadcast or cable) in its timeslot on Saturday, June 21 (9:00pm-12:15am).
Overall, “The Ultimate Fighter 7” finale earned a 1.4 household rating, a 1.9 in Men 18-49, a 1.4 in Persons 18-49, a 2.3 in Men 18-34, and an average audience of 2.0 million viewers.
In the finale, Amir Sadollah from Team Forrest completed his improbable run through the series by submitting CB Dollaway from Team Rampage for a second time this season to win the competition and earn a UFC contract. A fighter with no professional bouts when he joined the show, Sadollah earned a legion of fans and a ton of respect as he defeated Steve Byrnes, Gerald Harris, Matt Brown, and Dollaway to earn a shot in the final. Even though Dollaway seemed to be in control of the fight, Sadollah pulled victory from the jaws of defeat, locking Dollaway in an armbar at 3:02 of the opening round.
In the nightâ€™s main event, Kendall Grove dominated former UFC middleweight champion, Evan Tanner, en route to a three-round decision victory. The much-needed victory puts Grove, “The Ultimate Fighter 3” champ, back on the path for a potential title shot. In the co-feature, another former “Ultimate Fighter” victor, Diego Sanchez (season 1) won a hard fought victory via TKO over Luigi Fioravanti.