Professional karate organization Karate Combat returns this Thursday September 27 with an event in New York City. Karate Combat: One World features ten bouts, including two prelims, pitting some of the worlds’ top karateka against one another under a unique rule set. The action will stream live and free starting at 7pm ET/4pm PT on karate.com, Fite TV, and other platforms.
Karate Combat bouts are fought with smaller MMA style gloves. Fighters are allowed to use sweeps, throws, and single leg takedowns, in addition to punches and kicks. After a takedown, five seconds of follow up strikes are permitted. No low kicks between the knee and hip or uppercut punches are permitted, and neither are knees or elbows. Kicking techniques are weighted more heavily in scoring a bout than punches.
Thus far, the rules have resulted in some exciting action and a high number of knockouts or stoppages. Karate Combat: One World features a number of returning veterans, in addition to some new faces.
The final bout of the evening features two fighters coming off first round stoppage wins. Abdalla Ibrahim of Egypt faces Dionicio Gustavo of the Dominican Republic.
American Josh Quayhagen looks to get back on track against Vitalie Certan of Portugal. Quayhagen was stopped in one round at Karate Combat: Inception in April.
“Black Magic” Elhadji Ndour showed superior fire power in winning a decision against Adras Virag in April. Ndour returns against newcomer Adilet Shadykanov in a 93 kg bout.
Here is the fight card (subject to change).
27 September 2018
Karate Combat: One World
New York City, NY
Broadcast: karate.com, Fite TV, YouTube
Prelim 1: Teeik Silva (BRA) vs Edgars Skrivers (LVA)-67 kg
Prelim 2 Gabriele Cera (ITA) vs Fernando Moreno Paz (ESP)-75 kg
Willians Quirino (BRA) vs Mohammed Hebbal (MAR)-75 kg
Pedro Roig (ESP) vs Jesus Paucarcaja (PER)-67 kg
Andras Virag (HUN) vs Adham Sabry (USA)-84 kg
Jorge Perez (DOM) vs Spyros Margaritopoulos (GRC)-84 kg
Josh Quayhagen (USA) vs Vitalie Certan (PRT)-75 kg
Elhadji Ndour (USA) vs Adilet Shadykanov (KGZ)-93 kg
Dimitrios Triantafyllis (GRC) vs Luiz Rocha (BRA)-67 kg
Abdalla Ibrahim (USA) vs Dionicio Gustavo (DOM)-75 kg