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Strikeforce Challengers women's MMA tournament Miesha Tate Hitomi Akano Carina Damm Maiju Kujala
(Click above for larger version. Four competitors, representing four continents. Miesha enjoys cake decorating. Maiju’s turn-ons include the right hook and rear-naked choke. Image courtesy of Strikeforce.)

MMA Junkie passes along word that the format for the 135-pound women’s tournament at Friday’s Strikeforce Challengers event has been tweaked by the Arizona State Boxing Commission, a longtime enemy of epicness. First off, the two first-round matchups — which, again, won’t be determined until tomorrow — will only consist of two 3-minute rounds, rather than the three 3′s that were originally announced. The ASBC has also nixed the idea of a "sudden victory" round, so to prevent the inevitable 19-19 draws, the judges will just call the fight for whoever they think won it, PRIDE-style. (Okay, so that part’s not so bad.) The final match will still consist of three 3-minute rounds.

Two of the tourney’s four participants have previous multi-fight GP experience. Miesha Tate made her pro debut at that infamous 2007 HOOKnSHOOT women’s tournament, where she spent 12 minutes winning a decision over Jan Finney before getting blasted out by Kaitlin Young in 30 seconds. Maiju Kujala last competed at an Upcoming Glory tourney in the Netherlands in March, where she submitted Akvile Vitkauskaite and outpointed Titiana van Polanen, in over 19 minutes of total fight time.

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Barc- August 12, 2010 at 11:49 am
6 minute fights? What a fucking joke. If these ladies wanna play the boys' game, let them play by the rules. I highly doubt that there's an actual female fighter anywhere in the world right now saying, "Holy shit! I'm so glad we only have to fight for two, three minute rounds. I just don't know how I could prepare for fifteen whole minutes of work!" These chicks are tough as hell. It's some stupid fat fuck in an office, that's never even met any of the competitors, stepping in with his swollen head and trying to "protect" these poor little girls from themselves. What an asshat.
Almost North- August 11, 2010 at 5:03 pm
They work badly. Thats how they work.
fatbellyfrank- August 11, 2010 at 4:47 pm
Arizona State BOXING Commision, anyone else think they may have an ulterior motive fucken up an MMA event?*

*Comment submitted by some asshat who doesn't even live in the States and is unsure of how their whole athletic commission /Boxing commissions actually work
Almost North- August 11, 2010 at 2:48 pm
3 minutes might as well be first takedown wins and I'm sure Greg Jackson's grubby little fingers are involved in this somehow.
noquarter- August 11, 2010 at 2:27 pm
They're fighting for 6 minutes?? This is bullshit. They're going to spend more time walking to the cage and being introduced than fighting.
Gilafresh- August 11, 2010 at 2:05 pm
I`m not quite sure if this is an MMA card or a poster for the new Sex In The City movie.
Kid Clam Curtains- August 11, 2010 at 2:04 pm
Do we at least all agree that Bing sucks huge wart covered cock?
Almost North- August 11, 2010 at 1:29 pm
So a google image search of "Maiju Kujala" brings up more pictures of Meisha Tate than it does of her.

Still rooting for her in this one though, got to love Finnish girls.
Sabado Gigante- August 11, 2010 at 1:26 pm
"Pride Style"?

Dick_Gozenya- August 11, 2010 at 1:12 pm
What a gigantic pile of steaming Strikefarce. Leave it to them to come up with some potentially intriguing idea and then fuck it up beyond recognition. I believe they actually work as hard as they can at being incompetent, some of their plans couldn't even fuck themselves up as bad if every aspect went wrong. It's like somebody engineered a disaster.

Way to make the ladies who are struggling for recognition look like a bunch of amateurs and bitches.
RaginAsian- August 11, 2010 at 12:57 pm
Weak sauce. Next time plan the tournament in a state that won't pull these shenanigans, Coker.

That means NOT California, btw.
Morningwood- August 11, 2010 at 12:52 pm
As hot as Tate and Damm are, some guy somewhere is sick of their shit!
El Famous Burrito- August 11, 2010 at 12:45 pm
Get me a Damm sammich!!!
Almost North- August 11, 2010 at 12:36 pm
These commissions can do whatever they want with impunity apparently. How do you wait until the week of the fight to change the format? I'm starting to think the demise of the legitimacy of pro boxing has more to do with athletic commission clowns than guys like Don King.
Crap Factory- August 11, 2010 at 12:18 pm
More pics of the Damm girl. She looks good.