Diaz's performance grabbed eyes Saturday night. | File
vs. Daley” netted an average of 528,000 viewers during its
April 9 broadcast on Showtime.
The broadcast, which aired live on the premium cable network at 10
p.m. ET, peaked on Saturday night with 806,000 viewers. The numbers
represent a marked rebound from Strikeforce's last major event,
“Feijao vs. Henderson,” which earned an average of 412,000
Headlined by an exciting welterweight title fight between champion
Diaz and heavy-handed challenger Paul Daley,
Strikeforce's April 9 event emanated from the Valley View Casino
Center in San Diego, Calif.
Prior to the back-and-forth main event that saw Diaz finish Daley
by TKO, Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert
Melendez further staked his claim as one of the world's best
lightweights. “El Nino” crushed challenger Tatsuya
Kawajiri, flooring the Japanese powerhouse and finishing the
former Shooto champ with elbows from top position.
Former UFC talent Keith
Jardine also gave a good account of himself, despite taking his
fight with Dream titleholder Gegard
Mousasi on just one week's notice. Though “The Dean of Mean”
sustained heavy damage during the light heavyweight contest with
the Dutch-Armenian, Jardine pushed forward to earn a majority draw,
benefiting from a point deduction handed to Mousasi after an
illegal up-kick in round one.
Aoki also returned to his winning ways in the first televised
bout of the evening, as “Tobikan Judan” easily submitted Lyle
Beerbohm with a rear neck crank, handing “Fancy Pants” his