World Series of Fighting (WSOF) is gearing up for its one-night, eight-man Lightweight tournament. And part of that process is ensuring that all participants at WSOF 25 understand the modified rules ahead of their fights inside Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, Ariz., on Nov. 20, 2015.
WSOF recently revealed all tournament bouts will include a fourth judge at cageside, who will be responsible for deciding a stalemate in case any fight is scored a draw.
In addition, to maximize the chances of a winning fighter being able to advance, elbow strikes will be prohibited in the quarterfinal or semifinal rounds. Only the championship fight will proceed with full contact under the unified rule set of mixed martial arts (MMA).
Lastly, quarterfinal and semifinal bouts will be a maximum of two, five-minute rounds each, while the championship fight will be a maximum of three, five-minute rounds.
WSOF President Ray Sefo, himself a veteran of many combat tournaments, spoke about the rules.
"We are looking forward to a competitive night of tournament action after months of evaluating how we could make this the most exciting event possible and, at the same time, ensure the safety of our athletes and give each of them the best opportunity to prevail in the cage."
Scheduled 155-pound tournament participants include Luis Palomino, Brian Foster, Mike Ricci, Islam Mamedov, "The Bandit" Brian Cobb, Jorge Patino, "The Brazilian Samurai" Joao Zeferino and Rich Patishnock.
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