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Kimbo Slice vs. Roy Nelson, Fourth Most-Watched MMA Fight Ever

The ratings are in for Wednesday night's episode of The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights and Kimbo Slice now stakes claim to three of the top four most-watched MMA fights on US television.

The episode at 10 pm ET, featuring Slice's fight against former IFL heavyweight champion Roy Nelson, drew 5.3 million viewers and peaked at 6.1 million viewers when the fight itself aired within the episode at 10:45 pm. The third episode totaled 6.8 million viewers with the inclusion of the immediate repeat at 11 pm, which pulled in 1.5 million.

The episode is the highest rated for an original program in the six-year history of Spike, breaking the previous record of 4.1 million viewers set during the season premiere two weeks ago.

Slice vs. Nelson is fourth on the all-time most-watched list. The number one spot belongs to Slice vs. James Thompson on CBS, followed by Tito Ortiz vs. Ken Shamrock 3 on Spike TV and Slice vs. Seth Petruzelli on CBS.

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