By Zach Arnold | October 9, 2010
I thought the fighters fought hard and put on a great show. I commend them tonight. I’m very proud of Marloes Coenen, who has not taken the easy path to get to where she has been. She’s been around for a long time and is a pioneer in my book. Very happy for her success.
The sad part is that not many people watched the show. Dave Meltzer said the estimate going into the show was 8,000 and by the time the show was close to over, Josh Gross and Jordan Breen estimated the crowd in the 6,500-7,500 range. There’s a few reasons for it:
- SF Giants fever. With the two pro football teams sucking hard, the Giants are the one pro team that everyone is paying attention to. The local ratings prove it. Throw in the fact that the Bay Area is also a very strong college football market (both Cal and Stanford won their home games) and there were a lot of things going on to distract the attention of people who might have went to the show.
- The card didn’t have many fighters the fans perceived as ’stars’ and it hurts.
- I talked about this in the past in various posts, but Strikeforce can no longer rely on San Jose as a home base. Once they went to Showtime, they became ‘national’ instead of regional in the eyes of the fans in the area. As much as Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area has helped out in trying to promote shows and help with PR, the fans locally that used to go aren’t going any more. They don’t have a regional connection to the group like they do with the professional sports teams here. This is a problem that I don’t think can be reversed at all for Scott Coker. Interestingly enough, it’s an issue for both SF and UFC. (UFC only drew a reported 4,500 local fans for their Boston event and the rest were part of the traveling circus.)
I am very surprised that Nick Diaz won the fight and focused on boxing. I thought Noons would beat him to the punch and in the end, Diaz did better on his feet. Very surprised, and pleasantly so.
Bad judging reared its ugly head once again (for the Thomson/Calvan fight) and you can sense the growing exasperation amongst everyone at this point.
Tyron Woodley is not close to being ready to fight Nick Diaz, even though I suspect that fight is coming shortly.