With the first season under their ‘black’ belt, Karate Combat make a return for season two.
The innovative martial arts promotion have signed a TV rights deal with beIN SPORTS, who will broadcast weekly episodes of Karate Combat in North America, the Middle East & North Africa (MENA), Turkey, and 10 countries in Asia-Pacific.
With over 150 men and women competitor’s from around the world you can expect some high level karate fights.
In the first season, Karate Combat took place in some unusual venues around the world from the top of One World Trade Center to the site of the first modern Olympic Games in Greece. With most of the world still in some sort of lockdown and fans still awaiting to return to sporting events, Karate Combat are looking to mix real time virtual effects with the best of the Karate world’s competitor’s.
Martial Arts legend Bas Rutten returns as colour commentator alongside different co hosts, the first of whom will be Super Bowl winner, Marshawn Lynch for the first three episodes of the 12 week season.
“Necessity is the mother of invention, and our second season of Karate Combat is one step ahead of the game. Forget virtual fans and fight islands,” said Rob Bryan, CEO of Karate Combat. “We are rebuilding sports from the ground up to give fans something wildly entertaining. beIN SPORTS will bring our full contact action to the world.”
Antonio Briceño, Managing Director of beIN SPORTS North America said: “Karate Combat is presenting martial arts in a way never seen before and is poised to transition combat sports from niche to mainstream. beIN SPORTS is excited to add a groundbreaking new property to our established portfolio of world-class sports content and we are making it readily available to thousands of combat sports fans across North America for free on beIN SPORTS XTRA, our free 24/7 live sports channel.”
“This fighting shit is for real, none of that cage or boring rolling around on the ground, just that get down with the get down, ya’ know what I mean?” said NFL star Marshawn Lynch. “I’ll be kickin’ it with Bas watching guys get knocked out, doing all types of crazy moves in wild ass Indiana Jones-type settings. It’s hella dope.”
“I’ve always enjoyed watching Marshawn just bulldoze people on the field,” says Bas Rutten, Karate Combat’s Ambassador and Lead Color Commentator, “He’s a natural to analyze and react to all the amazing action we’ll see–and he’s really, really funny.”
The 12-episode season of Karate Combat will air on Sunday nights at karate.com starting on September 27th at 7 p.m. EST / 4 p.m. PST Each fight will also debut on Thursdays in the U.S. and Canada at 10 p.m. EST / 7 p.m. PST on beIN SPORTS XTRA and on Saturdays around the globe on beIN SPORTS at 11 p.m. EST / 8 p.m. PST.
For those in the UK you can catch the action at karate.com