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ESPN Prelims Set Another High Mark

Last night’s UFC 235 main event saw light heavyweight champion Jon Jones defend his title against the No. 3-ranked contender Anthony Smith via unanimous decision. In the co-main event, welterweight champion Tyron Woodley fell to the No. 2-ranked contender, Kamaru Usman, who extended his win streak to 14 by taking the welterweight belt.

The ESPN telecast of the UFC 235 Prelims from 8:15 p.m. – 10 p.m. ET averaged a 1.0 metered market rating. Through four linear television events, ESPN has now aired the four highest-rated UFC telecasts on cable since the start of 2017. The rating held steady throughout the entire window, peaking during the Zabit Magomedsharipov vs.