When it comes to the close of the Strikeforce Heavyweight World Grand Prix quarterfinals this weekend, as well as in future rounds, bouts will no longer be at risk of ending in a draw and having a singular independent official determine the advancing party. Rather, Strikeforce has implemented a “sudden death” period in the event two of the tournament’s participants exit the first fifteen minutes of their fight tied on the judges’ scorecards.
The change in policy was first reported by MMAFighting where Zuffa’s VP of Regulatory Affairs, Marc Ratner, confirmed the company’s decision to let the fighters determine their fates rather than a fourth judge.
Though draws are relatively rare, especially in heavyweight affairs, the news should bring some measure of relief to fans worried about the possibility should it arise in the organization’s ongoing Grand Prix featuring semi-finalists Sergei Kharitonov and Antonio Silva, as well as the quartet set to scrap this Saturday night in Dallas with catch-wrestling craftsman Josh Barnett facing powerful slugger Brett Rogers and the long-anticipated rematch between divisional kings Fabricio Werdum and Alistair Overeem.
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