By MATT BOONE
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
The numbers are in, and it's official: mixed-martial arts fans are loving the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix tournament.
This past weekend's Strikeforce: “Overeem vs. Werdum” event, which featured the final two opening-round bouts, delivered the second highest ratings for a Strikeforce event in Showtime history.
What was the highest rated Strikeforce event in Showtime history, you ask? Strikeforce: “Fedor vs. Silva,” which featured the initial two opening-round bouts of the heavyweight tournament.
Saturday's “Overeem vs. Werdum” event, which emanated from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, delivered a 1.7 household rating on Showtime, with an average audience of 624,000 viewers, and a peak of 719,000 viewers.
By comparison, the “Fedor vs. Silva” event delivered a record-high 741,000 viewers.