- STRIKEFORCE CLARIFIES TOURNAMENT DETAILS

October 22, 2007
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by MMAWeekly.com
Strikeforce on Sunday released the names of the four athletes set to compete in its one night, four-man tournament – the first sanctioned mixed martial arts tournament in California – scheduled for Nov. 16 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose.

Joining the previously announced Falaniko Vitale are Trevor Prangley, Yuki Sasaki and Jorge Santiago.

Each tournament bout will consist of two, five-minute rounds. If a draw is declared following the second round of a matchup, an overtime round will be added to the bout to determine a victor.

(UPDATE)
Strikeforce had initially released information that indicated the tournament bouts would consist of two, two-minute rounds, but has since revised that statement. The rounds will actually be five minutes in duration.

“We’re very grateful that the athletic commission has given us the opportunity to produce a tournament format fight for our fans,” said Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker. “This will be the first step in our efforts to produce more tournaments which, historically, have been a great way to challenge world class athletes and to determine who the best competitor is on any given day.”

The winner of the four-man tournament will potentially be awarded the opportunity to challenge the Strikeforce World Middleweight Champion, Frank Shamrock.

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