Luiz Rocha advances by split decision to fight for The Golden Belt in his next fight in his native Brazil according to the Sean Wheelock during the broadcast of Karate Combat: Hollywood. The title will be in the lightweight division with an opponent yet to be determined but Rocha is the first man to win the new challenger matches for a title in Karate Combat.
Rocha’s fight was unique in that he was able to incorporate a lot if his MMA training into his fight with Karate Combat’s unique ruleset. He has a 4-1 record in MMA and during the clinch, his reaction time for takedowns, throws and sweeps were on full display while staying to true to his Shotokan roots. Tebuev had his moments, but it was not enough against Rocha who clearly controlled the fight. Whoever is on the other side of the pit for the title fight will certainly have their hands full in Brazil.
— UFC FIGHT PASS (@UFCFightPass) January 25, 2019
Outside of the unique locations and high tech presentation, Karate Combat has earned a reputation for presenting many knock0outs during their events. Two knockouts and a TKO made the highlight reel for the Hollywood event, see the complete results below:
Luiz Rocha def. Myrza Tebuev by split decision
Abdalla Ibrahim def. Kevin Walker by KO via head kick (1:00, R1)
Elhadji G Ndour def. Calum Robb by unanimous decision
Milos Vukovik def. Igor De Castaneda by unanimous decision
Ilies Mardhi def. Daniel Viveros by split decision
Alex Bouderbane def. Willians Quirino by TKO via strikes (1:32, R2)
Nadege Ibrahim def. Ana Luiza Ferreira by TKO via fighter exhaustion (R3)
Teeik Silva def. Kevin Kowalczik by KO via punch (2:15, R1)
Jonas Correia def. Luis Diogo by unanimous decision