Strikeforce turned in another solid ratings performance for Showtime on Saturday night with their “Diaz vs. Daley” show. For the third time this year, Strikeforce broke the 500,000 viewer mark. MMA Junkie has the numbers.

This past weekend’s “Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley” event drew strong ratings on Showtime, and the peak audience, which coincided with a headlining title fight between welterweight champion Nick Diaz and Paul Daley, resulted in 806,000 viewers.

Overall, the April 9 event averaged 528,000 viewers.

It’s only the third highest rated Strikeforce event of the year, but the numbers are solid nonetheless when compared to the 300,000 – 500,000 viewers most Strikeforce shows averaged in 2010.

  • Strikeforce “Fedor vs. Silva”: 741,000
  • Strikeforce “Diaz vs. Cyborg”: 561,000
  • Strikeforce “Diaz vs. Daley”: 528,000
  • Strikeforce “Feijao vs. Henderson”: 412,000

I think the key takeaway here is that Nick Diaz does in fact move the needle. In January, he had a supporting cast that included Herschel Walker who drove significant ratings in his pro MMA debut. These numbers however seem to suggest that Walker wasn’t as much of a factor as we thought he was. It certainly didn’t hurt in this instance to have an exciting opponent in Paul Daley, but the common denominator between the two shows is Nick Diaz.

Love him or hate him, people are tuning in to watch Nick fight. And why wouldn’t they? As one esteemed writer suggested today, Diaz is the most exciting welterweight in the cage right now and the quite possibly the craziest outside of it. The one thing Nick Diaz never is: boring.

Image via Esther Lin for Strikeforce/Showtime