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UFC Brings Elbows on Ground to Strikeforce, Showtime Deal Extends Through 2014

Lorenzo Fertitta Following its purchase by the UFC, Strikeforce will adopt identical unified rules, notably including elbows to the head on the ground, but will still use a hexagon cage instead of the UFC’s Octagon, UFC Chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta announced during a Monday call.

Outside of the initial rules change, Fertitta and UFC President Dana White continued to promise “business as usual” for the promotion, including airing up to 16 events each year on Showtime through 2014.

“Showtime controls the production, including the announcers,” Fertitta said. “We’ll give our input, but whether they take it is up to them.”

The finals of Strikeforce’s heavyweight grand prix, which continues on June 18 in Dallas with Alistair Overeem vs. Fabricio Werdum, could now land on pay-per-view, White said, while superfights between the promotions aren’t yet in the works, but are likely for the future based on fan interest.

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