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01-05-2011, 01:06 PM
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Originally Posted by AUAIOMRN View Post
That is great news if it pans out. Although Overeem and Werdum are arguably the top two seeds, so it's a bit strange that they'd fight in the first round.
My understanding is is that overeem is defending his belt at every stage of the tourney (as long as he wins of course) so that the tourney winner is also the strikeforce champ. I was reading on another site that they want all the matches to be 5 round fights to be fair for everyone, but they needed clearance because the rules are pretty clear that only championship bouts are 5 rounds.

This tournament is a very bold and very risky move for strikeforce. They probably have a heavyweight division that is competitive with the ufc's. Having a grand prix style format with their top 8 heavyweights could steal some of the ufc's considerable spotlight. On that note, I really wish I had access to strikeforce's broadcasts, particularly to watch this tournament.

2011 is a great year for mma fans regardless.

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