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Attendance woes continue for Strikeforce with less than 500 tickets sold to recent Challengers event

It’s not uncommon for a Mixed Martial Arts promotion to hand out complimentary tickets to lucky fans or to personal acquaintances of people associated with the organization. However, in the case of Strikeforce Challengers 17 it appears officials gave away more than 3X the amount actually sold to the event and likely raised a few additional eyebrows in the process as well.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission announced the figures earlier today including tickets sold (458), tickets comped (1418), and a live gate ($42,987.50). Also mentioned were the amount of tickets left unsold with the number totaling nearly a fifth of those that had been paid for.

The event marked Strikeforce’s first show in Las Vegas and only exceeded the last Challengers card in terms of live gate, which was held in Kent, Washington, by less than $300.

Strikeforce Challengers 17 was headlined by the completion of a trilogy between welterweights Bobby Voelker and Roger Bowling and also featured a contendership-sealing performance from Sarah Kaufman who defeated Liz Carmouche via decision.