Strikeforce "Carano vs. Cyborg" Exceeds Attendance Target

Besides the fights maybe going a little too fast, there really wasn’t much for Strikeforce officials to complain about at Saturday night’s “Carano vs. Cyborg” event in San Jose, Calif.

Cris “Cyborg” Santos proved herself one of the most dominant women fighters in the world by taking out the “face of women’s MMA,” Gina Carano, as the bell sounded to end the opening round. In the process, she captured the first ever Strikeforce women’s 145-pound championship.

With exciting finishes from beginning to end on the Showtime telecast, Strikeforce officials also had to be pleased with the attendance. “Carano vs. Cyborg” drew 13,524 spectators, according to the promotion. That was slightly better than they had anticipated.

“We’re scheduled to do 10-12,000. That’s what we were anticipating,” said Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker earlier in the week.

Official numbers will come later from the California State Athletic Commission, but if they’re anywhere near the 13,524 number, Strikeforce officials will surely be pleased.