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Strikeforce clarifies Grand Prix tourney rules

Fedor Emelianenko lost by submission in the first

Fedor Emelianenko lost by submission in the first round to Fabricio Werdum at Strikeforce in San Jose, Calif. (June 26, 2010) Credit: Strikeforce

Plenty of buzz floating around out there about the Strikeforce World Grand Prix heavyweight tournament. But no one seemed to know the rules about it. More accurately, everyone knew something different.

Finally, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker cleared up all the issues surrounding the event, which kicks of Feb. 12 at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J. with Fedor Emelianenko vs. Antonio Silva as the headliner.

Here goes:

- All quarterfinal and semifinal bouts are three rounds.

- Onl the final is scheduled for five rounds.

- A fourth judge will be used to determine the winner in case of a draw. That independent judge will choose the winner "based on the fighter's overall performance in the fight."

- Should the winner of the fight suffer a major injury and can't continue in the tournament, a five-person review committee will determine a replacement fight. That pool of fights will include previous opponents and winners of reserve matches.

- Alistair Overeem's Strikeforce heavyweight title is NOT on the line with each fight. The winner of this tournament will be crowned Strikeforce World Grand Prix champion and then have the opportunity to fight Overeem for his Strikeforce title.


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