Karate Combat held the first event of its expanded 2018 season Thursday in Hollywood, California. Here are results.
Lightweight: Luiz Rocha (Brazil, Shotokan) def. Myrza Tebuev (Russia, Shito-Ryu)-Split Decision
Rocha outscored Tebuev to win the split decision, and earn a shot at the Golden Belt in April in Brazil.
Elhadji N’Dour (U.S.A., Shotokan) def. Calum Robb (Scotland, Wado-Kai)-Unanimous Decision
The quicker N’Dour outboxed the taller Scottish southpaw to earn a unanimous nod. N’Dour is now 3-0 under the Karate Combat banner, with one win by stoppage.
-Heavyweight: Milos Vukovic (Serbia, Shotokan) def. Igor de Casteñada (Spain, Shito Ryu/Shotokan)-Unanimous Decision
Vukovic landed a high kick early which appeared to cut de Castenada near the right eye. The Spaniard answered back with a flurry of punches. The pace slowed down later in round one after both fighters started quickly.
Vukovic pressed the action and looked the fresher fighter in rounds two and three. The Serbian connected with some solid punches. de Castaneda’s best tool was the low kick, but he was able to score with some ground punches late in the round. It wasn’t enough, as Vukovic was voted the unanimous winner. de Casteneda is now 1-1 in KC bouts.
-Middleweight: Abdalla Ibrahim (U.S.A., Shotokan) def. Kevin Walker (U.S.A., Wado Ryu)-TKO Round 1 (Referee Stops Contest)
Ibrahim, nicknamed “The Joker”, improved to 2-1 in Karate Combat with a first round stoppage over Walker, a late replacement for Britain’s Jerome Brown.
Walker started the bout with movement and threw side kicks to establish distance, as Ibrahim applied pressure. Walker threw a side kick and missed. Ibrahim threw a right high kick that got through, and dropped Walker. Ibrahim followed up with punches as Walker lay on his side and covered up. With Walker not intelligently defending himself, the referee halted the contest and awarded Ibrahim the TKO.
-Lightweight: Ilies Mardhi (France, Shotokan) def. Daniel Viveros (Ecuador, Shotokan) -Split Decision
In a match-up between two Shotokan practitioners, Mardhi won a close split decision over Viveros.
-Middleweight: Alex Bouderbane (France, Shitoryu) def. Willians Quirino (Brazil,Shotokan) -TKO Round 2
Bouderbane rebounded from his stoppage loss to Dionicio Gustavo last year, with a second round TKO of Brazilian Shotokan stylist Quirino. Quirino scored with some sweeps, but Bouderbane defended the ground and pound well. Bouderbane found a home for his right hand in round two. He dropped Quirino twice. After the second knockdown, he was able to follow up with a solid right hand, and the bout was halted by the referee.
-Women’s Lightweight: Nadege Ait-Ibrahim (France, Shitoryu) def. Ana Luiza Ferreira de Silva (Brazil,Shotokan) -TKO Round 3
Ibrahim’s toughness and superior conditioning earned her the win in an entertaining bout. As the bout wore on, the French fighter, who is of Algerian descent, established control. In round three, she connected with some good punches on the tiring Ferreira. During a restart, the fatigued Ferreira was slow to get up, and the bout was halted.
Ibrahim comes from a fighting family. Sister Sarah Ait Ibrahim is also a karate champion, and defeated Fabiola Esquivel by TKO at Karate Combat: Olympus last year.
-Lightweight; Teek Silva (Brazil, Shotokan) def. Kevin Kowalczik (U.S.A., American Karate)-KO Round 1
The Fite TV broadcast opened with a bout between Brazil’s Silva and American karate stylist Kowalczik. Silva, mainly fighting from the southpaw stance, knocked down Kowalczik with a left and followed up with ground and pound. Kowalczik got up, but soon caught another big left that dropped him on his back. The fighter was clearly dazed, and the referee waved off the bout.
Bas Rutten and Sean Wheelock called the action for the event, which was streamed live and free on Karate.com, YouTube, and Fite TV.
Karate Combat is scheduled to return on March 8 with an event in Kyoto, Japan.