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| | Strikeforce Challengers VI draws 2,318 attendees for $86,440 gate
Strikeforce Challengers VI draws 2,318 attendees for $86,440 gate | MMAjunkie.com
Strikeforce's most recent "Challengers Series" card, headlined by a 135-pound title fight between new champ Sarah Kaufman and challenger Takayo Hashi, drew 2,318 attendees to the San Jose Civic Center in San Jose, Calif., for a live gate of $86,440. |
MMAjunkie.com (UFC blog for UFC news, UFC rumors, fighter interviews and event previews/recaps | MMAjunkie.com) recently requested and today received the official figures for the Feb. 26 event from the California State Athletic Commission.
The report did not state how many, if any, of the tickets were issued complimentary.
The reported figures represent an average revenue of $37.29 per ticket issued.
"Strikeforce Challengers VI: Kaufman vs. Hashi" was the first 2010 edition of the organization's prospects-based events series.
Attendance figures for the previous edition, held Nov. 20 in Kansas City, Kan., were not released.
Kaufman earned Strikeforce's first-ever women's 135-pound title with a one-sided, five-round decision win over Hashi. While the bout was often lacking in exciting highlights, Kaufman's effectiveness was undeniable.
And while the show's co-feature between Karl Amoussou and Trevor Prangley was marred by an unfortunate technical-draw result after an inadvertent eye-poke, the main card did see a breakout win by Luke Rockhold, as well as a solid outing by Tarec Saffiedine.
While "Strikeforce Challengers VI: Kaufman vs. Hashi" marked the first-ever Challengers event held at the San Jose Civic Auditorium, the organization did host three "Young Guns" events, which also focused on the sport's up-and-comers, at the facility between 2007 and 2008. Strikeforce has frequently hosted its bigger shows at the nearby HP Pavilion in San Jose.
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