Strikeforce Challengers 16 Draws Poor Attendance and Gate Receipts

Strikeforce Challengers LogoStrikeforce Challengers 16: Fodor vs. Terry on Friday night was right in-line with the average TV ratings for the series, drawing 210,000 viewers compared to the average of just over 220,000.

The show, however, did not deliver at the gate. Attendance at the ShoWare Center in Kent, Wash., was 1,901 with only 883 of those paid, according to the Washington State Department of Licensing. That means Strikeforce handed out 1,018 complimentary tickets.

Total gross gate revenue for Strikeforce Challengers 16 was $42,725, compared to a total disclosed payroll for the event of $87,500.

The Challengers series is of course primarily an opportunity for up-and-coming fighters to get better and work their way up to the promotion’s main cards, and serves as strong programming for Showtime. It is not primarily about drawing big numbers either in attendance or revenue, although company officials can’t be happy with the turnout.

Strikeforce Challengers 16 featured Caros Fodor, who continued his winning streak, by defeating James Terry in the main event.

Strikeforce Challengers was last in Kent on June 19, 2009, for Villasenor vs. Cyborg. That event drew 2,836 in total attendance with a gate of $85,805.