Karate Combat had its first-ever overtime bout since the karate based promotion began. When it happened, it may have seemed odd since draws happen all the time in most combat sports but Karate Combat had the overtime rule called a “Sudden Victory Round”, written into its ruleset since they began and in the second episode of season two, the main event went into overtime.
Bas Rutten broke down the rules in episode one:
Also, when episode two aired, and update on the health of episode one winner, Jerome Brown was given where he explained what was going through his mind when rhabdomyolysis (Rabdo) occurred. The event was streamed on YouTube and on MyMMANews and you can catch it here if you missed it.
The main event between Ilies Mardhi and Pedro Roman Roig showed a lot of action that even Rutten, Marshawn Lynch, and Bryan Callen had trouble deciding who won. Since Sudden Victory had not happened yet it was a first for them and anyone watching. The rules specifically state; “If the final judges’ scores result in a draw, there will be one additional Sudden Victory round, the results of which will determine the winner.”
A point was deducted from Roig during the sudden victory round which all but ensured Mardhi would walk away as the winner. See the results of all three events below:
Main Event: Ilies “Madman” Mardhi (France) defeats Pedro Roman Roig “The Little Devil” (Spain) via Unanimous Decision with the promotion’s first-ever overtime 4th round.
Joshua “The Preacher” Quayhagen (USA) defeats Reda “The Cobra” Messaoudi (Morocco) via KO in Round 1 at 2:24 (Broken Nose)
Rita Boutadout (France) defeats Craig Ryan (Ireland) via TKO in Round 2 at 1:41 (Qualifier)
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Edward holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Bachelor’s degree in Communications. Along with over 20 years martial arts experience, he co-hosts The Coast-2-Coast Combat Hour, and also writes for Sherdog while maintaining his own site, The Blogboard Jungle. You can follow him on Twitter @Carbazel