Posted by cowcatcher
the state athletic commisions wont allow it
Around and around we go... It is NOT because the state athletics commissions won't allow it.
Strikeforce and the IFL have both held elimination tournaments in the last six months.
A major sticking point with the old-style UFC tournaments was that fighters fought multiple bouts in one night. I believe that one of the concessions Dana White made to get NSAC to sanction the UFC again was to toss most of the old format out the window. More rules, 5-minute rounds, only one fight per night, etc.
However, lots of people noticed that the Strikeforce event in November - which was held in California - featured a four-man, Middleweight tournament in which the winners of the first two fights fought again, later the same night. We don't know yet whether CSAC was temporarily off its meds, or if they were experimenting, or if they're making their rules completely independently of NSAC's (to my knowledge, most states have looked to Nevada to establish the ground rules for combat sports, but obviously that's not entirely true).
As far as anybody knows, the only reason the UFC hasn't held a tournament is because the UFC doesn't want to.