Bellator’s upcoming event “Dynamite!”, to be co-promoted by the kickboxing promotion Glory, is a throwback to another time in fight-sports history.
Not only will the show feature both kickboxing and MMA bouts, similar to the old K-1 Dynamite! events of Japan’s MMA heyday, it will feature a one-night MMA tournament — a format common in the sport’s embryonic years, and almost unheard of today.
The tourney’s participants include big names like Mohammad “King Mo” Lawal (pictured) and Phil Davis, along with Emanuel Newton and Linton Vassell. But the specifics, other than a 205 lb weight limit, hadn’t been revealed.
Recently, Bellator MMA president Scott Coker spoke to MMA Junkie to clarify:
* Two semifinal bouts and one tournament reserve bout will be contested over two five-minute rounds with a one-minute rest period. If any of the bouts are scored a draw, the bout is officially declared a draw, but the judges overseeing the fight will each cast a ballot on who they think should advance to the finals “by merit of his performance.”
* A minimum of 30 minutes will separate the end of the semis and the beginning of the finals
* The tournament final will be contested the same as a non-title fight, with three five-minute rounds and two one-minute rest periods. A draw will trigger the same process as the semifinals, only the fighter who gets the most votes will be declared the tournament’s winner.
* If a semifinal winner cannot advance due to injury, a “survivor” rule will put his opponent into the finals. If that opponent can’t advance, however, the winner of the tournament reserve bout will advance. To advance, all tournament participants need medical clearance.
* Fouls that end bouts will be addressed depending on whether the infraction was intentional or accidental. If an accidental foul renders the semifinal winner unable to continue, the uninjured fighter will advance, and the tournament reserve winner will remain on standby.
* If an intentional foul ends a semifinal bout, the fouling fighter will be disqualified and the fouled fighter will be “medically eliminated.” Then the tournament reserve winner will advance.
* If an accidental foul ends the finals before two rounds have been completed, the tournament is over without a winner. After two rounds, the bout gets judged on the completed rounds.
* Any additional circumstances not addressed by the rules will resolved by “the senior (CSAC) representative in conjunction with the Bellator regulatory affairs director.
Bellator/Glory Dynamite! takes place Sept 19 at the SAP Center in San Jose, California.