At today’s conference call on the UFC-Strikeforce deal it was confirmed that Strikeforce would from now on follow the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts. The main change from the organization’s previous ruleset is the introduction of elbow strikes on the ground. Strikeforce had adopted the Japanese practice of banning them in the belief that they are a ‘cheap’ way to cut an opponent and so lead to messy fights. This is an early example of Zuffa bringing its new promotion into line with its current standards.
Tags: Mixed Martial Arts, Strikeforce, UFC, Zuffa