Source: Strikeforce ‘Marquardt vs. Saffiedine’ Draws 310,000 Viewers for Final Card on Showtime
Saturday night’s Strikeforce
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
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
Cormier cruise to victories against overmatched opponents
Guelmino and Dion
Former champions Gegard
Mousasi and Ronaldo
Souza also picked up routine wins on the evening’s main card,
Couture, Tim Kennedy,
Healy and Roger
Gracie all triumphed during the Showtime Extreme-broadcast
Strikeforce was last seen on Showtime back in August, when Ronda
Rousey successfully defended her women’s bantamweight title
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.
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