Karate Combat “Hollywood” has a main event that is a promotional first: a “challenger” match to build this year’s lineup for its inaugural title called “The Golden Belt.” As promised, the first event will be held in Hollywood, California, and serving as the guest announcer will be Hollywood’s own, actor Danny Trejo.
Call it weird, unusual or crazy, but the presentation of Karate Combat has been something fight fans have found interesting. Its high production values along with some devastating knockouts and unique locations hosting make for visually-entertaining combat sports. Headlining the organization’s first trip to California on Jan. 24 will be a battle between Brazil’s Luiz Rocha and Russia’s Myrza Tebuev, where the winner will move forward at a future event to vie for the Golden Belt. Upcoming events this year are slated to take place at Kyoto, Shanghai, Rio, Paris, Madrid, Miami, New York City, and in locations in Italy and Latvia.
Karate Combat: Hollywood will air simulcast on UFC Fight Pass on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.
Karate Combat: Hollywood Fight LineupMain Event Challenger Match: Luiz Rocha (Brazil) vs. Myrza Tebuev (Russia)
Co-Main Event: Jerome Brown (UK) vs. Abdalla Ibrahim (U.S.A.)
Elhadji N’Dour (U.S.A.) vs. Calum Robb (Scotland)
Igor de Casteñada (Spain) vs. Gilmarcos de Bastos (Brazil)
Daniel Viveros (Ecuador) vs. Ilies Mardhi (France)
Alex Bouderbane (France) vs. Willians Quirino (Brazil)
Nadege Ait-Ibrahim (France) vs. Ana Luiza Ferreira de Silva (Brazil)
Teek Silva (Brazil) vs. Kevin Kowalczik (U.S.A.)
Luis Diogo (Portugal) vs. Jonas Correia (U.S.A.)
Adilet Shadykanov (Kyrgyzstan) vs. Milos Vukovic (Serbia)
Edward Carbajal serves as the lead MMA analyst for Frontproof Media and holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and a brown belt in Ishin Ryu Karate. He has covered combat sports since 2014 and has been a fan of MMA since the first UFC. You can follow Edward on Twitter @Carbazel or at his website TheBlogBoardJungle.com.