THQ is off to a much better year than last, thanks in part to the UFC. The publisher announced record results today, a $243.5 million three month take bolstered by nearly 3 million copies of UFC 2009 Undisputed sold worldwide.

THQ's take of nearly a quarter billion dollars during the April to June quarter was a hell of a lot better than the same period last year, in which it brought in $137.6 million and lost $27 million. This quarter, however, THQ saw net income of $6.4 million, again, thanks to sales of UFC 2009 Undisputed and Red Faction: Guerrilla. This year's trimming back of nearly a quarter of those previously employed by THQ probably didn't hurt.

The publisher doesn't have anything on its publishing schedule for the current quarter, ending in September, so it expects to make much less. But it also plans to lose less than it did last year. Again, thanks to those cost cutting measurements.

THQ has plenty planned for the rest of its fiscal year, ending in March 2010, including Darksiders, WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010, MX vs. ATV Reflex, Marvel Super Hero Squad and Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter.

We'll let you know how that goes for 'em.