Due to the odd nature of the Strikeforce / Showtime relationship and the 1001 mysterious clauses in their agreement with Fedor, we have no idea exactly how much this weekend’s Fedor vs Werdum card is going to cost. But considering Fedor got 1.5 million per fight out of Affliction, you better believe there’s some pressure for him to deliver some positive business numbers this weekend:
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker claimed that ticket sales for Saturday’s show are ahead of the pace of last summer’s Gina Carano vs. Cris “Cyborg” Santos fight in the same building (which drew 13,976 fans) and are on par with the 2006 Frank Shamrock vs. Cesar Gracie fight (which drew a then-MMA record in North America with a sellout 18,265 fans). He threw a knock in at UFC president Dana White, without mentioning him by name, since White claimed they had only sold 4,000 tickets for the show.
But the more important number would be 2.17, the television rating of the Carano vs. Santos fight, the best MMA number ever recorded on Showtime. They are hoping to break that record with Emelianenko’s first appearance on the premium network.
The Carano / Santos fight averaged 576,000 viewers and peaked at 856,000 viewers. More recent Strikeforce ratings on Showtime:
- Strikeforce LA had 164,000 viewers
- Heavy Artillery had 308,000 viewers
- Strikeforce: Miami had 517,000 viewers
- Strikeforce Evolution had 341,000 viewers
If you wanna help Strikeforce get some non-embarrassing numbers, you can always sign up for Showtime right now and get $25 back from it.