Beginning with Overeem’s quarterfinal bout against Werdum, each Strikeforce title fight throughout the tournament will be a five-round contest. All other bouts are relegated to three rounds. Should Overeem win out, he’ll have a strong case to be considered the No. 1 heavyweight in MMA. The same could be said for Emelianenko or Werdum.
“What better way to identify who is the greatest heavyweight out there in our division?” said Coker. “We felt this was the best way to put that together. I promised the fans that we would let all these guys fight each other.”