Bellator MMA has announced the rules for their four-man, single-night light heavyweight tournament, which takes place at “Bellator 142: Dynamite” next week in California.
The tournament includes former UFC standout Phil Davis taking on former Bellator title holder Emanuel Newton, as well as former Strikeforce champ Muhammed Lawal squaring off with Linton Vassell.
In addition, a reserve bout between Francis Carmont and Roy Boughton is set, just in case one of the four men in the tournament field cannot advance.
The winner of the light heavyweight tournament will receive a Bellator tournament belt, as well as the right to face off with the winner of the event headliner between champion Liam McGeary and UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz.
Here are the plans for the tournament:
* 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.”
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