Strikeforce on Monday announced the procedure for pairing up the fighters for Friday’s four-man middleweight tournament at the HP Pavilions in San Jose, Calif.
A lottery ball drawing, which will take place immediately following the fighter weigh-ins on Thursday, will determine the tournament brackets.
Tournament competitors Trevor Prangley, Falaniko Vitale, Yuki Sasaki, and Jorge Santiago will each draw one of four balls, numbered “1″ through “4,” and then choose which location in the single-elimination tournament draw they wish to occupy. The first choice will be given to the fighter who draws the ball numbered 1, the second choice to the fighter who draws ball number 2, and so forth.
Each tournament bout will consist of two, five-minute rounds. The winner of the first-ever sanctioned mixed martial arts tournament in the state of California will potentially be awarded the opportunity to challenge Strikeforce middleweight champion Frank Shamrock.