Also how many Fox, FX and Fuel cards this year ? thats a lot of free fights cards. Shows that 2012 wasnt as bad as the media has made it out to be.
There was some things IMO that were legit complaints. We did have the lowest selling card in years that was a pathetic excuse for a PPV. The same kind of lack luster card suffered an injury to the main event and was the 1st card canceled in the Zuffa Era. It was an incredibly weak card outside the main event and got exposed. UFC also had some very questionable fight selections for FUEL cards with the most questionable being Munoz vs Weidman considering how big that fight was for the division. Had that been a co-main event on a PPV then Weidman likely would have received a title shot. Munoz was going to get his shot if he had won that fight and that alone should have put it on a card that allowed more eyes to see it. Just some of the questionable moves by Zuffa that I consider to be legit questions.
However I think you are correct with the media over hyping the fall of PPV #s. The # went up and down based on opposition(other sports) at the time and who was on the card. Big dogs still pulled in the numbers and overall people continued to tune in.