Strikeforce event on Saturday night had more buzz surrounding it than usual thanks to it’s much talked about headliner featuring a woman’s bantamweight title fight between Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate, and that lead to the show being watched by an average of 433,000 viewers on Showtime.

That figure was enough to beat out Strikeforce’s only other event of the year so far, Luke Rockhold Vs Keith Jardine which drew just 344,000 viewers, and other notable events from the past year including the Strikeforce heavyweight GP semi-finals featuring Josh Barnett Vs Sergei Kharitonov (274,000) and Dan Henderson Vs Rafael ‘Feijao’ (412,000).

While the numbers are still a little down on the overall average of around 521,000 that Strikeforce’s ‘big’ shows in 2011 mustered this is still a solid showing given that Strikeforce has lost some momentum in recent months and indeed was at one stage teetering on the edge of going out of business.

It also indicates that new 135lb champion Ronda Rousey is a genuine star in the making, and shows that there is life in woman’s MMA from a ratings perspective after Gina Carano.

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