Saturday night's Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman card represented an important measuring stick for where Ronda Rousey sits as a star in the sport. Her appearances on late-night talk shows and spot on ESPN's The Magazine's Body Issue had her front and center and it looks like the ratings reflect that she is a star now.
MMA Fighting is reporting that the event drew an average number of viewers of 529,000. Here's some more specifics on the ratings:
The broadcast peaked at 676,000 viewers for the Rousey vs. Kaufman Strikeforce bantamweight title, which is also the highest number this year for Strikeforce. In total, the Rousey vs. Kaufman bout drew 908,000 viewers, if you include Sunday's replay of the fight, which Rousey won via armbar in just 54 seconds.
The average viewers presents a 23 percent increase in viewers since Rousey's last fight against Miesha Tate in March, which reportedly drew an average of 431,000 viewers.
These are very positive numbers for Rousey as Kaufman wasn't exactly a star coming in and it's Rousey carrying that rating.
The top drawing Strikeforce show remains the card main evented by Fedor Emelianenko vs. Antonio Silva.
We'll have more on the card and the impact of the numbers in the coming days.