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“Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg” sets new precedent for Showtime

strikeforce thumbStrikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg” can currently lay claim to having the highest rating of any martial arts related program aired in the history of Showtime. was recently able to obtain the news through a representative of the Showtime network.

The event was headlined by a female title attraction between Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos and Gina Carano, with other featured bouts including Gegard Mousasi vs. Renato “Babalu” Sobral, Fabricio Werdum vs. Mike Kyle and more.

“Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg” bested out previous Showtime/Strikeforce ventures such as “Shamrock vs. Diaz”, “Lawler vs. Shields”, and “Shamrock vs. Le” in the ratings department.

Showtime is set to re-air the broadcast tomorrow evening (Wednesday, August 19). The entire event is also available on Showtime On Demand from right now through September 14.

  • TURKISH says:

    I would guess a CBS event is in the not too distant future.

    Representatives from CBS were in attendance for this event. They must have been happy with what they saw, and happy with the ratings here.

    It is certainly an upgrade from the Kimbo Slice show they were broadcasting on CBS last year.

  • egad81 says:

    I think if CARANO vs CYBORG was on CBS it would have beaten the SPIKE UFC 100 replay ratings.
    If FEDOR is not featured on the CBS show I would be SHOCKED.

  • Angry Mike says:

    As strange as it may seem to long-time MMA fans, Carano may be more appealing to CBS due to her marketability–attractive, etc. No offense to Fedor, but he ain’t Brad Pitt, and network brass care about that sort of stuff as much as fighting ability, and possibly more.


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