Strikeforce “Barnett vs. Cormier” attracted 5,413 attendees to the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., for a live gate of $226,005.

The California State Athletic Commission notified Sherdog.com of the figures on Thursday. Daniel Cormier outpointed Josh Barnett in the evening’s titular headliner to capture the Zuffa-owned promotion’s heavyweight grand prix title.

Lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez also emerged victorious on Saturday night, taking a hard-fought split decision from challenger Josh Thomson to retain his title in their rubber match. The evening’s main draw aired on Showtime, while the preliminary proceedings were contested on Showtime Extreme.

Cormier put forth a masterful performance in the evening’s main event, continually using his sharp kickboxing and wrestling to outpoint the highly-regarded former UFC champion. Both men reportedly sustained broken hands in the bout’s opening frame but delivered an exciting five rounds nonetheless. The highlight of the bout came in round three, when Cormier executed a spectacular slam on “The Warmaster,” hoisting Barnett with a high-crotch and dumping him to the mat en route to a unanimous nod from the cage-side judges.

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

Related News

UFC on FOX 23 draws announced attendance of 13,233 for live gate north of $1 million in Denver

  • 28 days ago
  • 1 views

DENVER – Today’s UFC on FOX 23 event drew an announced attendance of 13,233 for a live gate of $1,020,434.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

UFC Fight Night 104 draws announced attendance of 8,119 for gate north of $600,000

  • 21 days ago
  • 1 views

HOUSTON – Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 104 event drew an announced attendance of 8,119 for a live gate of $611,133.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Sold-out UFC 208 draws announced 15,628 fans for $2,275,105 live gate, Barclays Center sports record

  • 14 days ago
  • 1 views

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Saturday’s UFC 208 event drew an announced attendance of 15,628 fans for a live gate of $2,275,105.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

UFC Fight Night 105 draws reported 8,123 attendance for $575,832 live gate

  • 6 days ago
  • 1 views

HALIFAX – Sunday night’s UFC Fight Night 105 event drew an announced attendance of 8,123 for a live gate of $575,832 USD ($753,825 Canadian).Filed under: News, UFC read news >>