Strikeforce Challengers 16 went down last Friday in the ShoWare Center in Kent, WA, and things didn't turn out too well for the company. While the fights were pretty good despite all five on the main card going to decision, the box office wasn't exactly on fire. The Washington State Department of Licensing reports that live attendance was 1901 total, but 1018 of those were comps. Only 883 tickets were sold for a gate of $42,725. That was less than half of the payroll for the event, which was $87,500. Ouch.
In slightly better news, ratings held steady with an average audience of 210,000 viewers, which is just slightly below the ratings average of 220,000.
With Strikeforce's parent company Forza LLC being granted a promoter's license in Nevada yesterday, the plan is to move all Challengers cards to the Palms Casino in Las Vegas, which is the home of most Ultimate Fighter Finales and some UFC Fight Night cards. According to Keith Kizer, Strikeforce will be staging four shows in Nevada during the rest of 2011, with two of them already scheduled - Strikeforce Challengers 17 on July 22nd, and Strikeforce Challengers 18 on August 12th.
HT to MMAWeekly for the numbers