Saturday night’s Strikeforce swan song averaged just 310,000 viewers, making it the promotion’s least-watched event since September 2011.

An industry source Tuesday informed Sherdog.com of the viewership figure.

Headlined by a titular welterweight title showdown between Nate Marquardt and Tarec Saffiedine, the Jan. 12 event took place at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. In addition to Saffiedine’s unanimous decision win in the evening’s headliner, the show also saw heavyweight standouts Josh Barnett and Daniel Cormier cruise to victories against overmatched opponents Nandor Guelmino and Dion Staring.

Former champions Gegard Mousasi and Ronaldo Souza also picked up routine wins on the evening’s main card, while Ryan Couture, Tim Kennedy, Pat Healy and Roger Gracie all triumphed during the Showtime Extreme-broadcast preliminary card.

Strikeforce was last seen on Showtime back in August, when Ronda Rousey successfully defended her women’s bantamweight title against Sarah Kaufman, attracting 529,000 viewers in the process. The promotion was scheduled to return on Sept. 29 with a lightweight title pairing between Gilbert Melendez and Healy, but injuries forced the organization to cancel the card. Unfortunately, the same fate would await a planned Nov. 3 show, which was expected to be headlined by a heavyweight contest pitting Cormier against former UFC king Frank Mir. Strikeforce will now close its doors, and a portion of the Zuffa-owned promotion’s remaining talent is expected to transition to the UFC.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.
From Around the Web

Related News

PBC Boxing on NBC draws 3.4 million viewers, tops recent UFC on FOX efforts

  • 23 days ago
  • 10 views

Ratings are in from PBC boxing live on NBC, and the news is good for the future of the company. But maybe not as good for the UFC. This past weekend, the big player in the combat sports world was Pre read news >>

'UFC 185 Embedded,' No. 6: Shedding pounds and making weight for the big night

  • 18 days ago
  • 11 views

In the sixth and final episode of “UFC 185 Embedded,” which previews tonight’s pay-per-view event, we go behind the scenes of Friday’s weigh-ins.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Ronda Rousey Discusses Possibility of Fighting a Man in Daily Beast Interview

  • 19 days ago
  • 10 views

Ronda Rousey is one of the biggest draws in mixed martial arts, winning 10 of her 11 career fights in the first round and needing 96 seconds to win each of her last three UFC women's bantamweight tit read news >>

5Dimes offers bet on UFC 185's Henry Cejudo making weight

  • 20 days ago
  • 0 views

Henry Cejudo has had issues making the flyweight limit in the past, and a betting site is now allowing you to wager on whether he can do it at the UFC 185 weigh-ins or not. Do you think Henry Cejudo read news >>

Joanna Jedrzejczyk on the source of her confidence: 'Because I'm from Poland'

  • 21 days ago
  • 8 views

DALLAS -- UFC strawweight contender Joanna Jedrzejczyk spoke to the media on Wednesday ahead of her UFC 185 title bout opposite champion Carla Esparza, where the source of her confidence comes from, read news >>

Video: Gina Carano has 'so much respect' for UFC champ Ronda Rousey, a 'beautiful athlete'

  • 22 days ago
  • 34 views

Former Strikeforce featherweight attraction Gina Carano, one of the biggest names in women's mixed martial arts (MMA) prior to the addition of female weight classes in Ultimate Fighting Championship read news >>

UFC 185: 'Smug, arrogant' Alistair Overeem gets no love from gym 'Meathead'

  • 23 days ago
  • 803 views

Meatheads like beef. Former Strikeforce heavyweight champion and current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 265-pound contender Alistair Overeem has a habit of making friends wherever he trains. An read news >>

Premier Boxing Champions does 3.13 million viewers on fast nationals

  • 24 days ago
  • 3 views

The first event of a high-stakes gamble to bring boxing back to the general public, which include several time buys on NBC, CBS and Spike this year, was a success as boxing won the night on network T read news >>

UFC on FOX 15's Luke Rockhold: I believe I'm the best fighter in the world

  • 24 days ago
  • 13 views

Former Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold has long been considered one of the best 185-pound fighters in the world. By the time this year is over, the 30-year-old aims to prove he’s the read news >>