Strikeforce’s decision to put on a mid-week card on Showtime hasn’t helped the ratings for their Strikeforce: Los Angeles event, with an average of just 164,000 viewers tuning in for the four fight card.
The show peaked with 197,000 viewers for the main event between Renato Sobral and Robbie Lawler.
That’s considerably lower than their usual ratings, such as the recent Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery event which drew 316,000, and even the less publicized Strikeforce Challengers 8 show from back in May which pulling in 294,000 viewers.
Strikeforce knew heading into this card that it might not be a big hit, but the decision was made to put it on a Wednesday night since it coincided with the E3 expo which was also taking place in L.A, giving them a chance to link up with EA Sports to promote the forthcoming EA Sports MMA game which Strikeforce have a prominent role in.
The event was further hampered by call-offs with Bobby Lashley originally having been earmarked to appear before being injured, while Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller was penciled into fight before being hit with a three month ban for his role in the Strikeforce: Nashville brawl back in April.
The promotion will have a chance to bounce back in some style from the disappointing ratings of the L.A card on Saturday night though when Strikeforce: Fedor Vs Werdum airs on Showtime.