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New Rule Taking Place on the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Draw

Written on June 14, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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The Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Draw will be more thrilling this season as the game commissioners have planned to make a sudden death round, which would settle a match that would end up in a draw.

This coming Saturday night in Dallas, the will be more exciting with a new rule. This said rule is somewhat similar to a tie breaker. As planned, the game commissioners will make a sudden death round, which will be used to identify the game’s real winner.

According to Scott Coker, the CEO of Strikeforce, their initial plan (way back in January) was to settle a draw by inviting a fourth judge, who would “determine who advances or who wins based on the fighter’s overall performance in the fight.” However, Marc Ratner, Zuffa’s vice president of regulatory affairs, disagrees with this policy. Last Sunday, he informed the Fighting participants that their new parent company, Zuffa, has come up with a plan of making a sudden death round – a special round that would reconcile any tournament matches that would end up in a draw. Mr. Ratner also pointed out that there would be no fourth judging that will happen on Saturday night.

Aside from declaring some new rules on the tournament’s finals, the commissioners also announced that all fights are scheduled for three 5-minute rounds, while the final match is scheduled for a five 5-minute round fight.

There will be series of fights for this season. On the tournament’s semifinals in February, expect to witness a ground-breaking matches for there would be great personalities that will heat up the ring, including Antonio Silva and Sergei Kharitonov. And this coming Saturday, the Strikeforce Heavyweight will feature Alistair Overeem vs. Fabricio Werdum and Josh Barnett vs. Brett Rogers. The Grand Prix Semifinals will be scheduled in fall.

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