Posted by jae_1833
Posted by karn501
I say nothing there is no need for counter programming because there isn't a main event that they would give us for free that would make me watch it over sf
S/F is putting on the best card they ever have and unless they recreate UFC 100 then I am watching SF and DVRing the UFC. Nothing could make me miss Melendez vs Aoki, King Mo vs Gegard, and Shields vs Hendo all on one event......NOTHING!!!!
While I believe both of you are correct, I would certainly argue that the UFC brand itself entices more to the ever important casual audience. Certainly on paper UFC would not be able to match what Strikeforce is putting out.
Having said that, UFC can put on 1/2 the quality or shall I say relevant card against Strikeforce and would still more than likely profit greater than Strikeforce...
CBS should be able to get more viewership... but they absolutely have to especially if both cards take place in the same state because the gate numbers could go in the favor of the UFC.
Last few UFC Fight/Night type cards at least attendance wise go as follows:
UFN 20: 8,078 in Virgina with a gate of $753,692 = $93/ticket
TUF 10 Finale: 1,791 in Nevada with a gate of $503,600 = $281/ticket
UFN 19: 9,490 in Oklahoma with a gate of $577,977 = $61/ticket
The Silva/Irvin that was put up on about 1 months notice (which would be similar to this case) went 2,071 in Nevada with $623,000 gate = $300/ticket Considering that the UFC and Strikeforce are competing in the state of Tennessee.... The last Fight Night the UFC did in Tennessee was Kampmann vs. Condit and they pulled in 10,000+ in attendance with a gate of $626,00+
I certainly think the UFC will make a dent in both ratings and attendance/gate considering their brand power. Even though I dont think UFC beats Strikeforce in ratings or attendance (not confident saying that), they will definitely steal a bit of Strikeforce's thunder even with a Kampmann/COndit esque headliner.
Having said all of that....
it doesnt get any better than Melendez/Aoki for me.