This is a tourney based on a finals system used by several sporting organisations, including the AFL back when it was the VFL and had a final 5.
Based on a ranking system, such as the hit-list, fighters are assigned a position, with the worst fighter being placed first and the best fighter being placed last.
1 v. 2 , 3 v. 4, 5 v. 6 etc.
If a lower placed fighter defeats a lower placed fighter their postions are swapped, otherwise there is no change. So if 2 defeats 1 then 2 becomes the top placed fighter and 1 becomes the second placed fighter.
With their new positions in mind the second round would be:
1: bye, 2 v. 3, 4 v. 5, 6 v. 7 etc.
As with the first round, if a lower placed fighter defeats a lower placed fighter their postions are swapped, otherwise there is no change.
As for first round, but with new positions in mind.
Rounds alternate between the first and second structures until the number of rounds fought equals at least the number of fighters present minus one. This allows the top rankedbest fighter enough time to work his way up from the bottom. If there are an odd number of fighters the structure for Round 2 should be used first to avoid a bye for the best fighter in the first round.
I think this format throws up a few interesting possibilities, and by being a handicapped system allows the lesser fighters a realistic chance at holding a strong position in a tournament while giving the better fighters a chance to display their prowess by advancing through a field against great odds. It is also makes things easy to keep track of for spectators because whoever is winning will be fighting first etc.
I was thinnking of putting this format forward as a possibility for monthly bash. Any questions or comments?