Despite initial plans detailed by Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker to bring in a fourth judge in order to determine the outcome of Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix fights that are ruled a draw, such instances will now be resolved by a fourth, sudden death round — this according to MMAFighting.com.
MMAFighting spoke with former Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director and current UFC vice president of regulatory affairs Marc Ratner over the weekend and learned that one of the many changes that the UFC’s parent company Zuffa, LLC has implemented on the Strikeforce brand since purchasing the promotion will be the institution of said sudden death round.
So far, two tournament quarterfinals bouts have already taken place, with Antonio Silva and Sergei Kharitonov advancing on their separate sides of the tournament bracket by defeating Fedor Emelianenko and Andrei Arlovski, respectively.
This Saturday night at Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum — which goes down at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas — Strikeforce heavyweight champ Alistair Overeem will battle Fabricio Werdum and Josh Barnett will face off against Brett Rogers in the remaining two quarterfinals bouts.
The winner between Overeem and Werdum will go on to face Antonio Silva, while the victor of the bout between Barnett and Rogers will take on Sergei Kharitonov.
Aside from the tournament finals bout, which will be a five round affair, all tournament bouts will be contested over the standard three-round format.
Valentijn Overeem and Chad Griggs will also square off at Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum in a tournament reserve bout.