“Karate Combat” Gives Traditional Martial Arts Matches A Face Lift

Karate Combat, a professional full-contact karate league is holding its first event of the year.

Combat sports are on fire. As a result, promoters are leaving no stone unturned.

Mixed martial arts have blended a few combat disciplines rendering the era of the karate dojo now seems forlorn. A new league is bringing the sport back with a little star power.

Karate Combat, a professional full-contact karate league is holding its first event of the year. It takes on January 24th from the Avalon Hollywood in Los Angeles with ring announcing by action film superstar Danny Trejo.

“There’s no better place than Hollywood to kick off Karate Combat’s second year,” said Michael DePietro, CEO of Karate Combat. “We’re bringing a new, adrenaline-charged take on martial arts to the heart of the entertainment industry.”

The league will host ten events worldwide in 2019 adding The Golden Belt prize to the season. Combat sports legend Bas Rutten is one of the commentators and former 106th + Park host, Rosci Diaz hosts the red carpet.

The fight card features Brazil’s Luiz Rocha vs. Russia’s Myrza Tebuev in a Challenger Match. The winner will go on to fight for the lightweight division’s Golden Belt.

Events will be broadcast on karate.com.

Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.