Strikeforce: Overeem Vs. Werdum Fight Card News: Sudden Death Overtime Rounds Introduced
At Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum, Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem will take on Fabricio Werdum and Brett Rogers will face former UFC Heavyweight Champion Josh Barnett. Gina Carano was originally scheduled to be on the card, but was forced to withdraw due to undisclosed medical reasons.
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When the GP was first announced in January, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said that a draw would be settled by an independent fourth judge who would "determine who advances or who wins based on the fighter's overall performance in the fight."
However, Marc Ratner, Zuffa's vice president of regulatory affairs, informed MMA Fighting on Sunday that Zuffa, the new parent company of the Strikeforce, has decided that all tournament fights ending in a draw will now be settled by a fourth sudden death round. There will not be a fourth judge assigned to the tournament fights anymore.
Other than the finals of the tournament, all fights are scheduled for three five-minute rounds. The finals will be a five five-minute round fight.
When the tournament was first announced, I spoke to Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker about how draws would be settled and the value of the tournament generally. Listen to the entire discussion here:
Nunes (6-1) also has a serious contusion on the foot. In the best case scenario, Nunes could begin light training by next week, but no determination will be made until that time.
The fight between Nunes and Kedzie (16-8) was slated for 135 pounds. Nunes, who turned 23 on Monday, made her Strikeforce debut Jan. 7 and knocked out Julia Budd in 14 seconds in a 145-pound match. Nunes has finished each of her opponents since losing her MMA debut. Budd has recently been seen as the nutritionist for Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.
There is no word yet on a replacement for Kedzie or if the bout will be eliminated from the card.
Representing the renowned Jackson’s MMA team in Albuquerque, Kedzie (16-8) currently sports a four fight winning streak that includes victories over Sarah D’Alelio and Kaitlin Young. But the third degree Taekwondo black belt will be put to the test by Brazil’s Nunes (6-1), a 22 year old phenom who rebounded from a loss in her pro debut to win her next six fights. In January’s Strikeforce Challengers show, she made an immediate impression with a 14 second knockout of Julia Budd, and as the newest member of New Jersey’s AMA Fight Club, she is ready to continue her move up the rankings on June 18th.
The winner of the Overeem-Werdum fight will eventually face Antonio Silva the semi-finals while the winner of the Rogers-Barnett bout will face Sergei Kharitonov.
The event also features the return of female MMA superstar Gina Carano who will face Sarah D'Alelio.
Strikeforce also confirmed this week that strikers Jorge Masvidal and K.J. Noons will meet in a lightweight contest. Heavyweights Jeff Monson and former Olympian Daniel Cormier will also meet at this event.
Strikeforce and Showtime announced that Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum is now official for June 18th. The event will be held at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas. The two remaining quarterfinal bouts of the grand prix, Alistair Overeem vs. Fabricio Werdum and Brett Rogers vs. Josh Barnett, will be held. In addition, the event will feature the return of female MMA superstar Gina Carano.