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Oklahoma State AC Brings Back Tournament Style Fighting

Today in Unexpected News: the return of eight-man, tournament-style MMA fights has been approved by the Oklahoma State Athletic Commission.

Mixed martial arts was born on one nigh tournaments where a fighter would perform 3-4 times a night to secure their place among the world’s best. The rules were a little more lax than we are used to with modern day fights and the events were more intense than we are used to. Because of the lack of definitive safety rules, current MMA events fall under the Unified Rules, which added more rules pertaining to the fighting itself and also prohibited having a fighter compete more than once per night.

Olympic gold medalist Kenny Monday has quickly taken advantage of the unexpected developments by starting a new promotion called Battlegrounds MMA. The former matchmaker for Strikeforce, Rich Chou will act as matchmaker for the new promotion. The tournaments will be names Battlegrounds: One Night Elimination (O.N.E.).

Managing partner Ryan O’Rourke made the petition that went through, and it was made available through the Bleacher Report here.

“We’ve all been a part of one-night and Grand Prix elimination tournaments, and Kenny has competed countless times in a tournament format, so we recognized the energy this format brings,” O’Rourke told Bleacher Report.

“We were confident we could get the format approved if we could show the safety levels went above and beyond current standards, and we’ve set the bar for MMA globally. The Oklahoma State Athletic Commission is progressive, and fighter safety is their credo, so receiving their unanimous approval was proof that our plan provides the greatest fighter safety standards in the world.”

O’Rourke also believed that there was a gap between the UFC, Bellator, and WSOF, and in the gap they would be able to create a grassroots campaign based on “wrestling and MMA fans supporting a revitalization of the one-night, eight-fighter elimination tournament to fill that empty space.”

The debut event will be on June 27th in Tulsa, OK.

Some of the rules associated with this tournament are that elbows will be allowed in the final round only. Prelim bouts will be three, five-minute rounds, and the finals five, five-minute rounds. The winner will receive $50,000.

By Kenya Owens

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