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WEC 53 draws promotion's seventh-highest rating with 615K viewers

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MMAJunkie.com reports on the ratings for World Extreme Cagefighting's final show, "WEC 53: Henderson vs. Pettis" which saw Anthony Pettis upset Ben Henderson to become the WEC lightweight champion and earn a shot at the UFC lightweight title.

With a pair of titles on the line in the final event in WEC history, "WEC 53: Henderson vs. Pettis" scored an impressive 0.62 household rating and an average audience of 615,000 viewers on Versus, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) confirmed with an industry source.

The ratings figure marks the third-straight WEC event to experience a gain in viewership, and WEC 53 finishes as the seventh-highest rated event in the promotion's history.

The show also saw Dominick Cruz become the first UFC bantamweight champion with his unanimous decision win over Scott Jorgensen.

The 615,000 viewers marks the second-highest number of the year for the WEC, trailing only the 640,000 viewers drawn by January's WEC 46, which featured Henderson, Jamie Varner and Urijah Faber.

A list of recent WEC ratings can be found after the jump.

SBN coverage of WEC 53: Henderson vs. Pettis

From MMA Junkie:

Recent WEC ratings as compiled by MMAjunkie.com include:
WEC 53 (Henderson vs. Pettis): 615,000 viewers
WEC 52 (Faber vs. Mizugaki): 570,000 viewers
WEC 51 (Aldo vs. Gamburyan): 486,000
WEC 50 (Cruz vs. Benavidez II): 316,000
WEC 49 (Varner vs. Shalorus): 324,000
WEC 48 (Aldo vs. Faber): n/a (aired on PPV)
WEC 47 (Bowles vs. Cruz): 373,000 viewers
WEC 46 (Varner vs. Henderson): 640,000
WEC 45 (Cerrone vs. Ratcliff): 330,000
WEC 44 (Brown vs. Aldo): 414,000
WEC 43 (Cerrone vs. Henderson): 419,000
WEC 42 (Torres vs. Bowles): 670,000
WEC 41 (Brown vs. Faber II): 1,300,000
WEC 40 (Torres vs. Mizugaki): n/a
WEC 39 (Brown vs. Garcia): 531,000
WEC 38 (Varner vs. Cerrone): 702,000
WEC 37 (Torres vs. Tapia): 671,000
WEC 36 (Faber vs. Brown): 497,000
WEC 35 (Condit vs. Miura): 423,000
WEC 34 (Faber vs. Pulver): 1,540,000