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Dana White: All main event non-title fights will be five rounds

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We thought it might be and so it has come to pass.

Dana White announced today (via Brett OKamoto of ESPN) that all main event non-title fights will be five rounds instead of three.

There is no word just yet on when exactly the switch will take effect, although it was noted that the upcoming UFC 133 bout pitting Rashad Evans vs. Phil Davis will still be a three-round fight because contracts have already been signed.

The first event after that one will be UFC on Versus 5 on Aug. 14, which features a main event of Chris Lytle vs. Dan Hardy. Who wouldn't mind adding a couple rounds to that scrap?

It is unknown, however, if bout agreements have been signed for that fight, as well. It should be noted that it does appear on the official event page at UFC.com, which essentially means it's official; signed, sealed and delivered.

That means fight fans may have to wait until the Sept. 17 UFC "Battle on the Bayou" show in New Orleans for the very first main event five round non-title fight.

Who should it be? And what's your reaction to this announcement?