Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Silva Crushes Promotion’s Ratings Record On Showtime

February 15, 2011
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Fedor Emelianenko New Jersey walkout

Fedor Emelianenko New Jersey walkout

Is Fedor Emelianenko’s latest downfall the catalyst to a Strikeforce upswing?

One could argue that it is. Cable industry sources informed on Tuesday that Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Silva was the promotion’s highest rated effort to date on Showtime, pulling in an average audience of 741,000 viewers over the course of the telecast.

The show, not surprisingly, peaked with the Fedor vs. Antonio Silva fight, drawing 1.1 million viewers.

The numbers shatter Strikeforce’s previous Showtime best when current women’s middleweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Santos took the belt from Gina Carano. That event garnered an average of 576,000 viewers, peaking at 853,000.

Antonio Silva used his size and skill to overwhelm an overly aggressive Fedor on Saturday night at the Izod Center in New Jersey. The fight came to an end after the second round when doctor’s would not allow Fedor, whose right eye was swollen shut, to answer the bell for the third and final round.

After the fight, Fedor questioned his future, saying it might be time to stop fighting.

  • BigGuy

    His time has come and gone! He couldn’t even last in StrikeFarce! There’s your true champion…

  • wonggfan

    So who is your true champion BigGuy? Brock Lesnar?

    Name one HW, other than Fedor, that deserves the title of greatest ever.

  • vegaseric

    Name who Fedor has fought to deserve the title

    • Frye557

      Colman(2), Nog (2), Randleman, Cro-Cop, Arona. All when they were in their prime.

  • MrAdidas

    Frye557: Yeah which was over 5-6 yrs ago – time to stop living in the past & start living in the present. Fedor fought good fighters over 5-6 yrs ago, so how you can ignore his most recent fights Vs B level fighters & concentrate on fights that happened well over 5 yrs ago, proves Fedor hasnt fought any top 10 HW’s in yrs & his last 2 fights are WHY Fedor wanted nothign to do with the HW’s in the UFC. If Fedor cant beat Werdum (who the UFC got ride of b/c Dos Santos K him TFO) & got owned by “Big Foot” Silva another avg HW, then how can you say hes the “greatest ever” by only beating B level fighters in the last 5-6 yrs?!? Fedor might be the best HW in the last 10 yrs (thats only bc of whom he fought 7, 8, 9, 10 yrs ago) but in regards to the last 5 yrs, I guess you could say Cain – Overeem.

    BUT in 5+ yrs from now Fedor will NOT be considered in the top 3 HW’s, let alone be consdiered the best HW ever. In 5+ yrs from now, we will view who Fedor has fought in his last/most recent fights & there will be NO top 10 HW’s, well not until you go back as far as 2005. The problem with that, is……… there are 6 yrs in between 2005 (when he fought Cro Cop – the last ranked HW at the time) & 2011 which could be his last year of fighting, but thats a moot point b/c Fedor still wont fight any top 10 HW’s from here on out!!!

  • Frye557

    I agree with you. I would not consider him the best HW presently. But that wasn’t the discussion to my understanding. I consider him the best HW every because of his previous accomplishments and I don’t see any other heavy being able to dummy 3 former champs, and top level competition. Again as far as the greatest fighter ever, I would not put him there either. Even though A Silva’s competition has been nothing to freak out about (ie,Irvin, Belfort, Cote, Leites, Lutter etc). Since the HW division has always been thin, I believe that Fedor ran through as many top level opponents as possible in a mma career span. So, yes I agree with you in that he is not the current best HW, or that he is the greatest fighter of all time, but I find it hard to come up with someone comparable, who could achieve what he did in 5 years.