This past Saturday evening, hundreds of thousands of mixed martial arts fans were forced to make a choice between two highly anticipated cards that aired at the exact same time. It was “Strikeforce: Evolution” going head to head with WEC 45, as the Showtime network and Versus network faced off in a promotional stand-off.
The results are in, and apparently it was the “Strikeforce: Evolution” card that ended up with a slight advantage in the ratings department despite boasting a fraction of the possible number of viewers as it’s competing broadcast network.
In total, Showtime is available to 12,000,000 paying subscribers, while the Versus network is at the fingertips of 75,000,000.
Both cards delivered in the excitement department as Strikeforce featured memorable bouts of Cung Le vs. Scott Smith and Gilbert Melendez vs. Josh Thomson, while WEC had several bouts not to be forgotten, including Donald Cerrone vs. Ed Ratcliff and Scott Jorgensen vs. Takeya Mizugaki.