Alistair Overeem's Strikeforce Heavyweight Title will not be on the line in the opening round, or any round after, of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix when it begins.
Scott Coker announced the rules of the tournament today and also announced that the winner of the tournament will be crowned the GP Champion and will then fight Oveereem for the title, if Overeem doesn't happen to win the whole thing.
The rules of the event are:
– Three-round fights up until the final bout, which will be a five-round championship fight for the newly created Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix title
– Alistair Overeem's title not up for grabs
– If any fight is ruled a draw, there will be a fourth judge that will determine which fighter should continue on in the tournament
– If a fighter cannot continue on in the tournament due to injury or other circumstances, a five-person Strikeforce committee, headed up by Strikeforce rules director Cory Schafer, will determine a replacement from reserve bout winners and eliminated tournament fighters.