Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker announced at the Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson post-fight press conference that the fight card drew an attendance of 8,311 for a live gate of $638,470.
Strikeforce has held eleven shows so far this year and Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson is only beaten out by two of them in terms of gate and attendance.
Last night’s card, which aired live on Showtime, featured a heavyweight battle between Pride Fighting Championships veterans Dan Henderson and Fedor Emelianenko. Unfortunately for The Last Emperor, Hendo kept his current surge alive and lengthened the Russian’s late-career downturn. The two men knocked it hell for leather, coming out of the gates like they owed each other money and only slowing down once one of them was left face-first on the mat at the end of the first round. Much like Nick Diaz’s last defense of the Strikeforce welterweight title against Paul Daley, these two pasted each other all over the cage and just when it seemed that Emelianenko had Henderson on the ropes, standing over him dropping bombs, the experienced and gritty veteran slipped out the back door and tagged the faithful Russian with an uppercut from under his armpit that he never saw coming. The shot dropped him and the follow up punches sealed the deal.
The event also saw the crowning of a new women’s welterweight champion in Meisha Tate. Takedown went back and forth in a technical scrap with then-champion Marloes Coenen, eventually tapping out the Dutch submission expert in the fourth round to secure the win and the belt.
Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson went down last night at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.