With a live audience of 7,089 at the Tacoma Dome on Saturday, Feb. 23, “Strikeforce At The Dome” surpassed the dollar amount grossed by any boxing, mixed martial arts, or kickboxing gate in Washington state history, according to Strikeforce officials.
“It’s an honor that the people in the Tacoma and Seattle area welcomed us with such open arms our first time there,” said Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker. “The public’s embracement of the event is evidence of its hunger to see a big mixed martial arts fight card live, as well as its true understanding of the sport.”
The event aired live on HDNet. Fans saw K-1 veteran Jan Nortje defeat Bob Sapp in the night’s main event, former UFC champion Maurice Smith defeated kickboxing champion Rick Roufus, and Cory Devela scored a surprising upset of UFC veteran Joe Riggs.