Male Fighter of the Season | Karate Combat Season 3 Awards
MALE FIGHTER OF THE SEASON | Karate Combat Season 3 Awards

MALE FIGHTER OF THE SEASON | Karate Combat Season 3 Awards

Announcing the Winner and Runners-Up
by Dane Curley, 2021-10-28

Season 4 is coming...

But until it does, we're recognizing our best performers & performances with several Season 3 Awards.

Fans have finished voting on our first award and we are proud to announce the results.

(Everyone who votes for any of our finalists is entered into a prize drawing to win an item of official Karate Combat merchandise signed by Bas Rutten.)

This is the first award of many, so be sure to cast your votes each week!

Runners Up

Winning Male Fighter of the Season wasn't going to be easy, as all three men put on impressive performances. Yet in the eyes of our fans, and as The Highlander once explained: there can be only one.

Here are the fighters who came closest to winning the coveted honor!

Karate Combat Lightweight Champion Edgars Skrivers is the Runner Up for Male Fighter of the Season
Karate Combat Lightweight Champion Edgars Skrivers is the Runner Up for Male Fighter of the Season

First Runner-Up

This season, Edgars Skrivers continued his unbeaten streak by defending his Karate Combat Lightweight Championship.

But the Latvian champion is not merely undefeated; he is undefeated against a Who's Who of Karate Combat challengers.

Previously, Skrivers defeated Teeik Silva, Myrza-bek Tebuev, and Luiz Rocha.

In Season 3, "The Bearslayer" added another worthy contender to his hit-list, when he replaced Bruno Assis's "0" with a "1," ending his rival's undefeated streak.

In their fight, Skrivers relentlessly pressed forward despite all attempts by Assis to dissuade him from doing so. Even Assis's powerful body strikes did nothing to curb the champ's unceasing momentum.

He exhibited infinite forward pressure, and demonstrated a variety of just about every karate technique under the sun, making it nearly impossible for his opponent to stay out of danger.

Congrats to the LW champ on this very honorable mention!

Karate Combat Bantamweight Champion Eoghan Chelmiah Male Fighter of the Season Runner Up
Karate Combat Bantamweight Champion Eoghan Chelmiah Male Fighter of the Season Runner Up

Second Runner-Up

In less than twelve episodes of Karate Combat, Eoghan Chelmiah (pronounced "Owen") went on from his "0-0" debut to become our Karate Combat Bantamweight Champion.

In our very first fight of the third season, Chelmiah proved his mettle with a third-round TKO victory over a game-to-fight Kevin Azouz.

Next, in Event 6, Chelmiah fought in one of the most entertaining fights of the season against Mouley Oudoud, winning by Unanimous Decision.

Finally, the culmination of his hard work: a title match against Ilies Mardhi.

It would be impossible to sum up this spectacular battle in too few words. (You can read the full recap, here).

It was a back-and-forth war that ultimately proved Eoghan Chelmiah a man of incredible durability and toughness.

Congrats to the BW champ on his honorable mention!

But the fans would not select a champion as their male fighter of the season, this time...

WINNER

Karate Combat fighter Vitalie Certan is selected by fans as the Male Fighter of the Season for Season 3
Karate Combat fighter Vitalie Certan is selected by fans as the Male Fighter of the Season for Season 3

Fan's Choice!

Vitalie Certan entered Season 3 with a record of "1-2", but he's leaving it as the Male Fighter of the Season!

In Event 7, Certan employed a diverse arsenal of flashy, fan-friendly high-kicks against Daniel Viveros.

Aside from looking absolutely gorgeous when they missed their target (note: Certan also practices the dazzling artform Capoeira), they were positively dangerous when they landed!

Vitalie Certan misses an elegant kick versus Daniel Viveros in Karate Combat Season 3 Event 7
Vitalie Certan misses an elegant kick versus Daniel Viveros in Karate Combat Season 3 Event 7

Certan misses an elegant kick against Daniel Viveros, who he defeated by TKO

Fan's surely noted and appreciated Certan's killer instinct in that fight.

He never let up once his opponent became vulnerable, and secured a thrilling TKO victory following multiple knockdowns, by kicks and punches.

While voters will soon decide whether his fight against Deivis Ferreres is worthy of "Fight of the Season" honors, there's no question that it's among the very best matches we've seen.

[Watch the epic battle, here.]

Not only that, but Certan won that show-stopping fight with a head-kick Knockout... in Sudden Victory, no less!

Vitalie Certan defeats Deivis Ferreras by KO in Sudden Victory at Karate Combat Season 3 Event 12
Vitalie Certan defeats Deivis Ferreras by KO in Sudden Victory at Karate Combat Season 3 Event 12

Certan ultimately defeats Ferreras by out-right KO

Clearly, Karate Combat fans want our roster to know that an undefeated record is not their #1 criteria.

In order to become their "Fighter of the Season," you need a combination of heart, drive, flash, and show-stopping finishes.

Congratulations VITALIE CERTAN!

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