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The most watched MMA fights in the universe

The guys at MMA Payout have responded to our criticism of their original “Top 5 Most Viewed MMA Fights” list by putting together a second list comprising of the Top 5 in Japan. Why not just mush the two lists together? Because then there wouldn’t be one single fight from North America anywhere even near the top 20. Here’s what they have on the list:

1. KEN KANEKO VS. CHARLES “KRAZY HORSE” BENNETT 27.7 RATING (PRIDE 2005) – 35.2 million
2. RULON GARDNER VS. HIDEHIKO YOSHIDA 25.9 RATING (K-1 2004) – 32.9 million
3. HIDEHIKO YOSHIDA VS. NAOYA OGAWA 25.5 RATING (PRIDE 2005) – 32.4 million
4. KAZUSHI SAKURABA VS. YOSHIHIRO AKIYAMA 25.0 RATING (K-1 2006) – 31.75 million
5. KID YAMAMOTO VS. ISTAVAN MAJOROS 25.0 RATING (K-1 2006) – 31.75 million

If you were depressed that Krazy Horse Bennett was at the top of the list, don’t worry. The MMA Payout guys based the list off a Dave Meltzer article and fucked up because they were skipping over kickboxing bouts. But one of the bouts they skipped was MMA:

BOBBY OLOGUN VS. CYRIL ABIDI 28.1 RATING (K-1 2004) – 36 million

Ologun was a Nigerian-born television comedian who was popular in Japan at the time. Abidi was a mid-level kickboxer, who was heavily favored.

However, in a match under MMA rules, Ologun was able to constantly take Abidi down and win a shocking decision. The result, and the ratings, made Ologun a fixture on these shows.

So there you go: the number 1 most watched MMA fight was between a talk show host and a kickboxer. Feel better?

6 COMMENTS
  • Dangerfield says:

    People, especially Japanese, love watching black folk fight.

  • Smart Ass says:

    Gardner – Yoshida was in Pride, not K-1.

  • robnashville says:

    wow….tough crowd….

  • Lifer says:

    ologun is fluent in japanese and they put him on japanese television because they love the sound of his big booming black man voice as he pronounces the japanese words. he seriously sounds like a villain from an anime.

  • crs says:

    Such a shame most of those fights sucked dog balls and wouldn’t make a first time viewer a MMA fan.

    But I could have sworn a Bob Sapp fight was the #1 rated and it’s not on the list?

  • crs says:

    And the fascination Japanese have with black people is very interesting, and would be viewed as extremely racist by the rest of the world (like black face musicals, black people eating bannanas for comedy, buggy eyes, ect.) Even one of their popular porn fetish genres is all about black men “raping” Japanese women. Don’t tell the NAACP….

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