Strikeforce to Enforce Unified MMA Rules, Elbow Strikes FINALLY Allowed on the Ground

Written by Tom Ngo
March 14th, 2011

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While Lorenzo Fertitta kept much information close to the vest during Monday’s joint conference call with Strikeforce, the UFC co-owner did announce his latest acquisition will adopt unified mixed martial arts rules moving forward. However, the UFC’s new little brothers will not be forced to fight inside of an Octagon.

“We’ll continue to use the hexagon,” Fertitta stated. “The one change that we’re going to implement as promoters of this show is going to be the unified rules that we use in the UFC.”

Does that mean after nearly five long years Strikeforce fans will FINALLY get to witness elbow strikes to the head of a grounded opponent?

“Correct,” Fertitta flatly replied.

Fertitta did not specify when the rule change would take place. However, considering everything else during this transaction was tagged EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, we’ll assume it starts with their first show “Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley” on April 9th.

Now, if only kicking and kneeing the head of a downed opponent were legal…

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