The third event of the season features "the Karate G.O.A.T.", as 2020 Olympics silver medalist Rafael Aghayev returns to Karate Combat on a mission to add a pro-fighting world title to his list of honors.
Opponent and Special Forces operator Zsolt ‘the Soldier’ Habda steps up to face the most decorated karate competitor in history.
In supporting bouts, Bruno Assis takes on last year's Male Fighter of the Season Vitalie Certan
Read more about the entire Fight Card, and learn about each of our #KCS4 Event 3 fighters below.
With an Olympic silver medal now added to his list of achievements, Rafael Aghayev - the most decorated fighter in karate history - returns to the professional ranks on Saturday, June 11th, 2022 when he headlines Karate Combat: Season 4 - Event 3.
With a resume which includes eleven European Championship victories and five WKF World Championships along with his silver medal at the 2020 Olympics, Aghayev’s legacy as the amateur circuit’s most accomplished amateur competitor is beyond question. Now his attention turns towards securing a similar legacy in professional full-contact competition.
To do so, Aghayev needs to win the Karate Combat World Championship title. His journey towards that goal begins Saturday, June 11, when he will step into The Pit to face Zsolt ‘The Soldier’ Habda in a main event fight with career-changing possibilities on the line for both fighters.
Habda, a special forces operator in his native Hungary, holds Aghayev in high esteem: posters of the outstanding Azeri adorn the walls of his gym to this day. In a strange twist of fate, he now has an opportunity to face his hero, a man once dubbed “the Michael Jordan of karate”.
“Rafael Aghayev is a living legend to karate practitioners all over the world - his list of achievements is endless and he’s widely considered the greatest amateur competitor of all time. Now he wants to replicate that success in full-contact professional fights here in Karate Combat,”
said Adam Kovacs, Karate Combat President.
“Nobody wanted to step up and take this fight when we offered it. Zsolt Habda did. He wants the opportunity to test himself and face an all-time great. And if he wins, he will make a name for himself overnight.”
In the chief support slot, Bruno Assis looks to bounce back from last season’s unsuccessful title shot by taking on the surging Vitalie Certan, whose blistering run last season culminated in his winning ‘Fighter of the Season’ and ‘Fight of the Season’ awards from Karate Combat fans, along with the ‘Kick of the Season’ award for his head-kick stoppage of Deivis Ferreras.
The winner of this fight may find himself facing the winner of Skrivers vs Rocha for the World Lightweight Championship.
The other bantamweight brawl will see Mexican-American Damian Villa, a world champion in taekwondo, becomes the leagues’ first TKD-stylist competitor when he faces Brazilian national karate team member Gabriel Stankunas.