Everyone in the MMA community had their trepidations when Strikeforce announced their heavyweight grand prix, and rightfully so.
Anything with “M-1” attached to it brings immediate sketchiness. And, to the surprise of no one, they have already jumbled things up by going Mayweather on everyone’s asses and demanded Olympic style drug testing for the semi-finals and finals. Anyone still curious as to whose fault the UFC-Fedor fallout was?
Add in “Bill’s Barbeque” in Topeka, Kansas being the only body in the US that will sanction a Josh Barnett fight; explaining ‘potential international venues’ being brought into the equation.
…Everyone’s reluctance is being validated.
Here’s what is being proposed:
Here are the special rules as laid out by Scott ‘Mack Daddy’ Coker over at MMAJunkie.com:
– “All quarterfinal and semifinal matches will be scheduled for three, five-minute rounds,” Coker said. “The tournament final will be five, five-minute rounds for the Strikeforce world grand prix championship.”
– “If any fight results in a draw, an independent fourth judge will determine who advances or who wins based on the fighter’s overall performance in the fight.”
– “If a fighter qualifies to advance in the tournament but for any reason cannot advance, we’re forming a five-person tournament-review committee who will select a fighter to advance in his place.”
How’s your mind? Blown? We see Guns N’ Roses releasing ‘Chinese Democracy II’ before this thing actually goes through.
In any event, we’re calling Big Foot and Kharitonov in the finals with Sergei takin’ home the gold. It may sound crazy, but when that pale bastard’s hand is raised we’ll see who is shocked… also.
This whole thing could turn out to be unbelievably tremendous. Epic, even. It could also be the biggest disaster since Garth Brooks in… The Life of Chris Gaines.
Let’s leave this on an optimistic note. NickTheFace shows us the blockbuster potential of this Grand Prix as only he can…