Scott Coker Clarifies Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Rules

Written by Tom Ngo
January 13th, 2011

Strikeforce M1 Heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko

Strikeforce just can’t seem to win. After finally organizing the Heavyweight Grand Prix they had teased fans with for months, they arrange some rather lopsided tournament brackets. Now, it appears Alistair Overeem’s 265-pound crown will not be defended at any point during the eight-man tourney.

There was chatter of every stanza in the tournament being of the five-round variety. However, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said during Thursday’s conference call the Quarterfinal and Semifinal bouts will feature three rounds, while the Finals will be a five-round affair.

As customary in North American MMA rules, each round will last five minutes.

Why can the Finals go to the 5thRound if there’s no title on the line? That’s because Coker claimed the GP winner and Strikeforce heavyweight champ (Overeem) will both be recognized as champions. The two will then meet in a title unification bout, of sorts.

No, fans won’t witness Overeem vs. ‘Ubereem’ should the Dutchman sweep the tournament. He’ll simply have two Strikeforce belts on his overcrowded mantle.

Coker added that if there is a draw in the Grand Prix, an independent 4th judge will determine the winner. In addition, Overeem won’t be participating in any K-1 fights during tournament time.

The promoter also hinted Daniel Cormier could serve as an alternate somewhere down the line.

Let the games begin!

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