Strikeforce ‘Rousey vs. Kaufman’ Draws 529,000 Viewers on Showtime, Sets Promotion’s 2012 High



Strikeforce “Rousey vs. Kaufman” averaged 529,000 viewers for its Saturday night broadcast on premium cable network Showtime, setting a new high for the Zuffa-owned promotion in 2012.

Sherdog.com confirmed the figure Tuesday with an industry source, who also noted that the two-hour telecast posted a household rating of 1.43. “Rousey vs. Kaufman” was headlined by a titular women’s bantamweight title confrontation between reigning 135-pound queen Ronda Rousey and former champion Sarah Kaufman; the show took place at Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, Calif.

Rousey wasted no time in retaining her title in Saturday’s main event, jabbing her way into the clinch before sweeping Kaufman to the mat, where “Rowdy” quickly transitioned to the mount and locked up her signature armbar less than thirty seconds into the fight. Though the Canadian gamely attempted to defend and escape the hold, Rousey patiently waited for her opportunity and finished the fight just 54 seconds into the opening frame.

The main card broadcast also saw former middleweight champion Ronaldo Souza knock out prospect Derek Brunson in just 41 seconds, while Team Quest representative Tarec Saffiedine outpointed Roger Bowling. Additionally, Anthony Smith locked up a fight-ending triangle choke on Lumumba Sayers, and Ovince St. Preux put T.J. Cook to sleep with a hard left hook to open the Showtime broadcast. The preliminary card immediately preceded the main card and was shown on sister network Showtime Extreme.

The viewership for the Aug. 18 event handily surpassed the previous high in 2012, which was set by Rousey’s title-winning performance this past March. The former Olympic judo bronze medalist submitted then-champion Miesha Tate in the first round, attracting an average of 472,000 viewers in the process.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 25 days ago
  • 27 views

A look at the Saturday, November 8th UFC Fight Night from Uberlandia, Brazil, where Ovince St. Preux steps in on short notice to fight Mauricio Rua in the main event. Originally, Mauricio Rua was to read news >>

  • 23 days ago
  • 1 views

On Saturday night in Uberlandia, Brazil, Ian McCall and John Lineker will go at it in a fight that will likely produce the next challenger for Demetrious Johnson’s UFC flyweight championship. McCall’ read news >>

  • 19 days ago
  • 0 views

UBERLANDIA, Brazil – Saturday night’s UFC Fight Night 56 event drew an announced attendance of 5,671.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

  • 19 days ago
  • 0 views

Gate and attendance numbers from Saturday's UFC Fight Night 56: Shogun vs. St. Preux in Uberlândia, Brazil. read news >>

  • 19 days ago
  • 2 views

Saturday night's (Nov. 8, 2014) bout between unbeaten Russian Sergey Kovalev and the legendary Bernard Hopkins was a match up of two of the three best light heavyweights on the planet. In practice, i read news >>

  • 16 days ago
  • 10 views

MMA Fighting has the WSOF 15 fight card for the upcoming Branch vs. Okami event Saturday night at the USF Sundome in Tampa, Fla.In the main event, David Branch will defend his WSOF middleweight title read news >>

  • 12 days ago
  • 0 views

On Saturday night, the UFC made its triumphant debut in Mexico with UFC 180. Headlined by a heavyweight title fight, the card saw many Latino fighters compete, including two of the top featherweights read news >>

  • 12 days ago
  • 8 views

Tito Ortiz settled the score with Stephan Bonnar Saturday night, as The Huntington Beach Bad Boy prevailed in the light heavyweight main event of Bellator 131. Ortiz used his superior wrestling skill read news >>

  • 12 days ago
  • 0 views

While there were plenty of serious battles in the cage, titles won and legacies secured, the really fight Saturday night was taking place on television sets across the world. In one corner was the de read news >>

Jump to: