Though boasting one of the most talent-rich lineups in promotional history including a championship bout and main event labeled by many as a super-fight, it unfortunately looks like “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson” still underwhelmed at the box office this past weekend.
CEO Scott Coker revealed the relevant information at the post-show press conference where he stated the Sears Centre housed approximately 8,300 fans for a live gate of $638,000. The figures, though far from terrible, only ranked third in terms of Strikeforce’s 2011 offerings and didn’t even crack the company’s all-time “Top 10” list.
Also potentially troubling in terms of the financial impact involved, headliner Dan Henderson is reported to have earned $800,000 for his first round TKO of Fedor Emelianenko who himself was set to take home $1.5 million with Showtime footing a solid portion of the bill. Those numbers, of course, don’t take into account salaries for the other eighteen fighters on the card or additional expenses attached to event.
Strikeforce stopped in the Chicago-area two years ago when Emelianenko fought Brett Rogers but gate/attendance were never announced.
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