Strikeforce Challengers 17, the Las Vegas debut of Strikeforce’s prospect-driven series, drew a live gate of $42,987.50, according to figures released Monday to Sherdog.com by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Of the 1,876 fans who attended the July 22 event at the Palms Casino Resort, 458 were paying ticketholders; more than three times as many complimentary tickets (1,418) were issued, while 98 seats went unsold.
Strikeforce Challengers 17 outdrew the series’ 16th iteration, which took in $42,725 from 1,901 attendees (883 paid) on June 24 at the ShoWare Center in Kent, Wash. However, the July 22 card’s numbers paled in comparison to the most recent UFC event held at the Palms: On June 4, the 13th-season finale of “The Ultimate Fighter” drew 1,583 paying customers with 452 comps for a live gate of $440,150.
The Palms has been announced as the future home for all Strikeforce Challengers cards, the next of which will take place Aug. 12.
The July 22 main card was broadcast live in North America on cable channel Showtime and was headlined by the third bout between welterweight rivals Bobby Voelker and Roger Bowling. Voelker took the series’ rubber match, stopping Bowling on second-round strikes, while undercard winners included 205-pound prospect Ovince St. Preux and former 135-pound women’s champ Sarah Kaufman.