Despite the allure of Fedor Emelianenko and having local favorite Cung Le on the card, the Strikeforce: Fedor Vs Werdum event was unable to reach the heights of some of their other previous shows in San Jose.
At the post-fight press conference it was announced that 12,698 people paid the admission fee to watch Fedor lose his first fight in ten years, bringing in a gate of some $1,066,739.
That leaves it just 6th on the list of top Strikeforce attendances in San Jose over the year.
- 17,465: Strikeforce: Shamrock Vs Gracie (December 2006)
- 16,326: Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Le (March 2008)
- 15,211: Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz (April 2009)
- 14,749: Strikeforce: Evolution (December 2009)
- 13,976: “Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg” (August 2009)
- 12,698: “Strikeforce: Fedor Vs Werdum (June 2010)
There had been rumors that the event had not been selling well, but at the pre-fight press conference Scott Coker said that sales were trending ahead of the Carano Vs Cyborg show and were close to those experienced prior to the Shamrock Vs Le fight.
In the end however it appears to have fallen short of both those events which leaves some question marks as to why the San Jose public was indifferent to this card compared to past one’s.
No doubt those who didn’t turn up on this occasion are kicking themselves as they missed out on the chance to witness history in Fedor’s defeat, and an impressive win for San Jose native Le.