And new! Ross Levine Wins Karate Combat World Middleweight Championship in Main Event

And even! Eoghan Chelmiah retains bantamweight world championship in co-headline bout

A sold-out crowd watches karate fights First live post-pandemic US event

Double header, two world title fights Broadcast and televised worldwide for fans in over 100 countries

ORLANDO, Florida, June 26, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The World Middleweight Fighting Karate Championship belt has a new home around the US waist “Turbo” Ross Levine after clearing the defending champion Shahin ‘The Lion’ Atamov with a thrilling masterclass over five hard-fought rounds in the main event.

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Brooklyn’s Ross Levine is Karate Combat’s new world middleweight champion (Photo: Business Wire)

In the co-title bout, Ireland Eoghan Chelmiah made his first successful defense of his world bantamweight karate championship in a rematch with rival France Illies ‘Le Fou’ Mardhiearning a fourth-round TKO victory after Mardhi was forced to retire through injury.

Karate Combat, the only combat sports league to blend the excitement of live-action, full-contact karate with immersive CGI environments powered by Epic Game’s Unreal Engine software, hosted a sold-out crowd on The Backlot at Universal Studios to witness the double header, two world title fights.

“I want to dedicate this victory to my parents who are both in the audience tonight. For years and years they have sacrificed everything to get me to tournaments on the East Coast, all over the country, for me. help build the skills that won me the belt here tonight. I’m world champion and I can’t wait to put the belt on their shoulders!” said new middleweight champion Levine in his post-fight interview.

Regarding a first defense, Levine said, “As a champion, you can’t decide who comes next. So I’m here, I’m ready, I’m training and I can’t wait to get back to it.”

Chelmiah reflected in his post-fight speech and took the opportunity to congratulate Mardhi, who has now lost twice to Chelmiah via injury in back-to-back title fights.

“If there’s a trilogy fight [with Mardhi], That does not bother me. I’m here to fight, I’ll fight whoever they put in front of me, whoever it is [Karate Combat president] Adam Kovacs wants me to fight,” said the Irish champion.

“Nobody wants to win because of an injury to their opponent. Me and Illies are the two best in the division, we have these close fights. He’s a real warrior and he’s won a fan in me, I’ll support him still.”

In other notable fights of the evening, Raphael Aghayev Switched between intense physics and super-fast bursts for outwork and outpoint Davy Donamaking the winning decision and settling a beef between them that dates back to a 2016 encounter.

Gabriel Varga had an impressive karate fight, dominating the fight with a recent lightweight contender Bruno Assis and showcasing the skills that made him a Bellator and GLORY World Champion. Varga is now aiming for the World Lightweight Fighting Karate Championship and believes his win over Assis could put him in immediate contention.

Omaira ‘La Guerrera’ Molina, who is now 4-0 in fighting karate after a solid win over Ana Luiza Ferreira, also enters the title hunt.

Several notable figures were pitside for the event, including UFC stars Giga Chikadze and Alex Caceres, champion bodybuilder Flex Wheeler and cast members The 407 Orlando Magic Dancers.

It was a triumphant post-pandemic return to the United States for Karate Combat and the league surprised attendees and fans by announcing that it would be returning to the same venue with another world-class combat card on August 27.

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Karate Combat Orlando – Quick Results

Ross Levine beats. Shahin Atamov, unanimous decision, R5
Middleweight Championship Fight (185 lbs/84 kg)

Eoghan Chelmiah won. Illes Mardhi, TKO R4 0:37 (shoulder injury)
Bantamweight Championship Fight (135 lbs/61 kg)

Rafael Aghayev defeats. Davy Dona, unanimous decision, R3
Welterweight fight (165 lbs / 75 kg)

Gabriel Varga beats. Bruno Assis, unanimous decision, R3
Light combat (150 lbs / 68 kg)

Matthew Stevens beats. Alberto Ramirez, unanimous decision, R3
Light combat (150 lbs / 68 kg)

Omaira Molina defeats. Ana Luiza Ferreira by unanimous decision (extra round)
Bantamweight bout (135 lbs / 61 kg)

Rob Buxton beats. Adrian Galvan by TKO
Middleweight Fight (185 lbs / 84 kg)

Robbie Lavoie beats. Moulay Oudoud, unanimous decision, R3
Bantamweight bout (135 lbs / 61 kg)


Karate Combat is the only sports league to combine live, full-contact karate combat in immersive GGI environments inspired by video game worlds, built on Epic’s world-class Unreal game engine. Karate Combat saw “Season 4” live viewership increase by more than 80% from the events of the previous season.

Modern combat sports such as MMA have the fastest growing fan base, with over 600 million fans worldwide, who also represent the youngest audience of all sports. Karate itself has more participants than MMA worldwide – the World Karate Federation claims there are 100 million practitioners worldwide – and is a respected Olympic event.

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