So in order to avoid losing their shirts every time they throw a Challengers event, Zuffa took the events off the road and stuffed them into the Pearl at the Palm, also known as that shitty venue where TUF finales are held. I was slightly concerned about the move, and not only because the Pearl is so small you can hear every drunken ho bag in the place wailing her head off all night during the broadcast. Vegas is in a bit of a slump, and ticket sales weren’t all that stellar for the WEC events they held there, rarely breaking 1000 paid. So how did Strikeforce Challengers do?
Of the 1,876 total attendees, 1,418 tickets were issued complimentary. The 458 paid tickets each generated $93.86 in average revenue.
458 tickets sold. Man. I hope they’ve got some sick sick deal with the casinos where all those complimentary tickets aren’t really complimentary. Regional shows with no major broadcast partner or corporate backing do better than that across America every weekend.