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Strikeforce Tournament Rounds Confirmed as Five Minutes


Strikeforce will host the first-ever tournament sanctioned by the California State Athletic Commission on Nov. 16, but the four-man, single-elimination tournament will not use two two-minute rounds as was previously announced.

Strikeforce officials today told that the initial press release inadvertently listed the length of rounds incorrectly. The tournament will, in fact, use two standard five-minute rounds, and a third five-minute round will be added in the case of a draw.

I can't tell you how relieved I am by this.  When I first read the press release stating that the tournament would only feature two-minute rounds I lost all interest.  Two minutes is not enough time for a fighter to establish a real game plan, it would have resulted in a very disappointing evening of sloppy rushed brawling.

The tournament features Trevor Prangley, Yuki Sasaki, Falaniko Vitale, and Jorge Santiago.  UFC vet Sean Salmon will face a yet to be named opponent with the winner serving as the alternate should any tournament competitor be unable to continue.  It has been suggested that the winner of the tourney will receive a shot at Middleweight Champion Frank Shamrock.

Also on the card Paul Buentello will face Alistair Overeem to crown a Strikeforce heavyweight champion.  I haven't heard any confirmation as of yet, but I believe the event will be streamed on Yahoo! Sports.

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