Somehow it seems like the ratings for M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Monson are in direct proportion to the amount of time since the event took place.
Immediately following Fedor Emelianenko's return to Mother Russia, M-1 officials declared that upwards of 9 million Russian citizens viewed the event over multiple airings. Soon after, reports came through of the actual number landing closer to 7.5 million, with 4.9 million watching it live.
Now a report from Yahoo Sports' Dave Meltzer has the ratings dropping even further.
According to Meltzer, the live show -- aired on state-operated sports network Rossiya-2 -- pulled a 2.7 rating and 9.2 share throughout Russia. Those figures suggest the actual number for live viewers arrived at just under 2.5 million.
While 2.5 million is still an extremely good ratings figure, especially for M-1, it is a far cry from the initial claims of promotion officials.
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