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UFC News: UFC President Dana White Announces All Main Events Will Be 5 Rounds

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 13:  Dana White, UFC President, speaks during a press conference to announce commitment to bring UFC to Madison Square Garden and New York State at Madison Square Garden on January 13, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images)
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Sal DeRoseCorrespondent IJune 9, 2011

Good news for some fighters, from now on every UFC main event fight will be five rounds. This change could help produce more finishes and bring more entertainment to the non-title bouts that end up being the main event.

No matter what card it is, Spike, Versus or pay-per-view, the main event will be a five-round bout.

Writers Kevin Iole and Brett Okamoto announced the news that UFC president, Dana White, said that main events will now be five round bouts. The change from three rounds to five rounds won't be in effect until after UFC 133 when Phil Davis and Rashad Evans square off in their three round main event in Philadelphia.

The reasoning behind that is that fighters have already signed contracts for their fights.

"What I don't want to do to guys, fights that we've already made and they signed the bout agreement, you're mentally training for a 3 round fight. ‘Oh now it's 5 rounds', you can't do that to guys," White told MMA Weekly.

"From this day forward as we speak right here, right now today, every fight that is a main event that is not a title fight will be a five round fight," said White. "For Spike and everything else."

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