For newcomers, Karate Combat can be a radical change of pace. We have unique full-contact rules designed to keep fights thrilling for fans and challenging for fighters.
Karate Combat is fast paced stand-up striking, features the threat of trips and takedowns, and allows five seconds of ground-and-pound, but no submissions. It's combines many of the most exciting aspects of fighting.
We let fans decide who adapted to The Pit best in their "Rookie" season as part of our Season 3 Awards.
Here are our finalists and the fans' ultimate choice:
Eoghan Chelmiah went 3-0 to claim the very first Karate Combat Bantamweight Championship for himself in his Rookie season.
That resume-worthy performance is hard to top, and if he only wins First Runner-Up here, that does nothing to detract from his hard-earned Golden Belt.
All three of his battles featured showmanship, technical skill, and grit, en route to becoming champion.
Fans would be wise to relive the magic:
Our second Runner-Up, Mitchell Thorpe is nicknamed "Ghost". But in his Karate Combat debut he fought less like a banshee and more like a British Bulldog.
In his only fight this season, Thorpe entertained fans by cornering his opponent and pounding him with hook after hook.
At one point in the second round, he landed TWELVE hard right punches to the body, one after another after the next!
Ross "Turbo" Levine entered Karate Combat bolstered by a 2019 KO of the Year in kickboxing. But over a year had passed, and he'd have to prove himself in a new rule set and inside the walled off environment of The Pit.
Using the first round to learn, adjust, and develop a strategy for delivering punishment and avoiding takedowns, Levine made rounds 2 and 3 crystal clear for fans and judges alike.
He mixed up a striking assault, demonstrated superb distance-management and footwork, and landed CRUSHING leg kicks in addition to lightning-fast punches.
It was only the granite chin of his opponent that saved him in the end, as Levine landed an all-too-familiar looking head-kick that knocked him down.
Putting his very tough opponent down multiple times from a variety of damaging strikes, demanded we put Levine right into the mix with the best competition at Karate Combat.
Congratulations Ross Levine!
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