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    Strikeforce and CBS had the honor this weekend of introducing Fedor Emelianenko to the millions that tuned in to watch the free card. However, the success of Emelianenko?s presence was astronomically better than many had expected.*

    Prior to Saturday night, questions loomed as to whether or not Emelianenko was marketable to the American public. Whether or not Emelianenko would meet the approval of the casual fans, or those watching the sport for the first time.

    Those questions no longer remain.

    Whenever Emelianenko?s face would grace the big screens surrounding the Sears Centre, the spectators would erupt in cheers. Rogers? image brought on a different display of emotions. The fans clearly had picked sides with the Russian phenomenon.

    The love for Fedor Emelianenko continued throughout the night, all the way to the main event.

    Brett Rogers walked out to the resounding sound of disapproval, as the fans booed the undefeated heavyweight all the way to the cage.*

    Emelianenko?s welcome was the warmest of the evening, as the crowd reached its loudest state as the No. 1 heavyweight made his way to the battlefield.

    The trend continued as the fight began, as on-lookers continued to scream for Fedor to win the fight. Perhaps the only moment when the crowd was not 100% behind Emelianenko was when a ?U.S.A? chant broke out through a few sections of the stands.*

    However, those cheers were quickly muffled when a solid right hand dropped Rogers, leading to a technical knockout victory by Emelianenko.*

    The knockout immediately sent an undeniable electricity throughout the arena. Fans screamed in approval as Emelianenko calmly raised his hand in victory.*

    Emelianenko?s win was just another win for so many fans who had seen him fight before. But for the many who were watching him or the sport for the first time, it was so much more.

    Fedor was cheered and appreciated by both the hardcore and casual fans alike. The entire crowd was behind the Russian and exploded in excitement when the calm heavyweight knocked out the American, answering the question of Emelianenko?s marketability.

    Emelianenko may not be the same type of fighter or person as Brock Lesnar, but he is certainly closer to the UFC heavyweight champion in terms of marketability than most thought he would be by the end of the weekend.

    With the exposure given by Showtime and CBS, Emelianenko has become one of the most famous and notable mixed martial artists in America.*

    His mystical manner and devastating style have brought mixed martial arts to the mainstream once again, and the next time around, you can be sure Fedor Emelianenko will again be the main attraction to the millions watching.

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    Default Re: Strikeforce: Spectator Support Of Emelianenko Proves Marketability

    Actually, no. The ratings, and future broadcasts, will prove if he is marketable. Cheering for him at an event likely attended by mostly hardcore fans does not prove he's marketable. Hardcore fans already know him.
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    Strikeforce's ratings back me up. Just because a bunch of people who already know Fedor cheered for him doesn't mean he's marketable as a cornerstone of a national MMA promotion. I can't see CBS ditching Strikeforce, so hopefully they build on this.
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    Default Re: Strikeforce: Spectator Support Of Emelianenko Proves Marketability

    Feeding cans to Kimbo was the way to go.

    I realized that a long time ago, casual fans make the big difference. Tito, Frank or Ken Shamrock would probably have done better.
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    The early ratings are near 4 million, i dont think that backs you up vak.

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    Default Re: Strikeforce: Spectator Support Of Emelianenko Proves Marketability

    Quote Originally Posted by p-jersey View Post
    The early ratings are near 4 million, i dont think that backs you up vak.
    That's the total number of viewers, not the rating. The rating was a 2.3.

    Here's someone who understands ratings talking about it:

    http://headlineplanet.com/home/2009/...tops-football/

    The author even responds in the comments section when your typical classy MMA fan starts attacking him, and mentions another salient point not brought up in the actual article:

    This is a disappointing rating, not simply because the number itself is low but because it represented the absolute best drawing card Strikeforce has in its male division. If a heavily-hyped Fedor card does a 1.7 demo rating, what will some other lineups do? 1.3, 1.4?
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    Very solid numbers and CBS has said they are pleased because it beat ABC's college football numbers and scored well with the most desired demographic. Somewhere, JB is beating his kids.
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    strikeforce needs Gina Carano.

    Some where Dana White is masterbating
    Lets go Brent!

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    The ratings for the main event have not yet been released so im not sure vaks source can be deemed as someone who knows what they are talking about.

    Heres another article breaking down the numbers so far:
    http://www.mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/...9953&zoneid=13

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