I hate the Pearl at the Palms – home to TUF finales, occasional UFC fight nights, and a buttload of WEC events, God rest their souls. The place is tiny, has shitty ticket sales, and the people that do show up are mostly ignorant jackasses from the casino. It’s more Bellator than UFC, but now it’s gonna be totally Strikeforce. The Palms will be the new home for all Challengers cards moving forward:
The Washington State Department of Licensing reports that live attendance was 1901 total, but 1018 of those were comps. Only 883 tickets were sold for a gate of $42,725. That was less than half of the payroll for the event, which was $87,500. Ouch.
With Strikeforce’s parent company Forza LLC being granted a promoter’s license in Nevada yesterday, the plan is to move all Challengers cards to the Palms Casino in Las Vegas, which is the home of most Ultimate Fighter Finales and some UFC Fight Night cards. According to Keith Kizer, Strikeforce will be staging four shows in Nevada during the rest of 2011, with two of them already scheduled – Strikeforce Challengers 17 on July 22nd, and Strikeforce Challengers 18 on August 12th.
Dana White said a big part of whether Strikeforce will stick around is if they can continue the promotion without taking a financial bath. Not even hitting half the payroll on a show thrown in Washington probably constitutes a nice sudsy soak in the tub, so changes gotta be made. I guess if it’s a choice between Strikeforce being folded in before women’s MMA has a chance to blossom and watching Challengers shows at the Palms, I guess I’ll accept the Palms. Begrudgingly. And with complaint. Always with endless complaint.