Strikeforce Director of Communications Mike Afromowitz spoke with MMAJunkie.com today and revealed the attendance figures for last night’s Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu 2 fight card.
Last night’s event, which took place at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri, drew in a crowd of 7,146–a drop in numbers from the promotion’s last two events held at the venue.
Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery, which went down on may 15th of this year, and Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields, which took place on June 6, 2009, pulled in gates of 8,136 and 8,867, respectively.
As MMAJunkie.com pointed out, Strikeforce followed along with their standard protocol of stacking their undercards with local fighters, usually drawing in more local fans–friends and family of the fighters.
Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu 2 featured a host of entertaining main card battles, including three knockouts and one TKO at the top of the card. Dan Henderson rebounded from his recent loss to Jake Shields by scoring a first round knockout over Renato “Babalu” Sobral. Paul Daley made a statement in his Strikeforce debut, knocking Scott Smith out cold in the first round as well. Robbie Lawler followed suit in knocking Matt Lindland out in the first frame and Antonio Silva rebounded from a rocky first round against Mike Kyle to score a second round TKO.