Roberto Villa is the CEO, Founder, Executive Writer, Senior Editor of FightBook MMA. Has a passion for Combat Sports and also a podcast host for Sitting Ringside. He’s also a former MMA fighter and Kickboxer.
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In the co-headline bout, Irish bantamweight champion Eoghan Chelmiah and Peru’s Jesus Lopez will pick up where they left off in December, when their five-round KC 37 title war concluded with an officiating error which saw Lopez incorrectly announced as the winner when the scorecard totals actually favored Chelmiah.Fuel was added to the fire due to many of the crowd – and live broadcast viewership – feeling that the judges should have had Lopez as the winner of the fight in the first place. Certainly the Peruvian gave Chelmiah by far the toughest test of his Karate Combat career to date – and now heads into the rematch inflamed by a sense of injustice. Two world titles will be on the line in the dual bad-blood rematches which form the co-headline bouts of Karate Combat 38 on Saturday, April 1.As part of the May 20th #KC39 event, Karate Combat will become the first professional sports league to launch a DAO (Decentralized Autonomous Organization) and begin transition governance rights to its fans and athletes. The league will launch the “Up Only Gaming” and initiate the first Airdrop of $KARATE tokens to app users in advance of that date. Bouts for Karate Combat 39 – taking place Saturday, May 20 – and Karate Combat 40 – taking place Saturday, June 24 – will be announced in the near future, along with further bouts for the Karate Combat 38 undercard. “There’s nothing fight fans love more than real rivals who have genuine bad blood, and for our first event of 2023 we’ve got two of the deepest I’ve ever come across. The Lopez vs. Chelmia drama feels like a story from a book which unfolds in front of our eyes. Both of these co-headline bouts have ‘Fight of the Year’ potential – and it’s our first card of the year!” said Adam Kovacs, Karate Combat President. MediaPro Studios is set to be the location for the highly anticipated combat sports event in Miami, which promises an unmatched live experience that combines real-life action with CGI virtual production created using Epic Games’ Unreal Engine.Middleweight champion ‘Turbo’ Ross Levine will lay his belt on the line against Spanish antagonist Igor ‘The Iberian Bull’ de Castaneda in a fight which will reignite one of the most intense rivalries in Karate Combat history. Levine went on to take the belt from then-champion Shahin Atamov, while De Castaneda scored a brutal stoppage win over Franklin Mina at KC 36 to reassert himself as a middleweight contender threat and book a rematch with his American antagonist.Over time, half of the $KARATE governance tokens will be distributed for free to the Karate Combat community for participation in the DAO and use of the League’s ‘Up Only Gaming’ app. Tickets for the KC38 ‘Judgement Day’ event on April 1 are on sale now via www.Karate.com/tickets“Igor de Castaneda cannot stand Ross Levine and is haunted by that loss to him. Jesus Lopez sees himself as the king without a crown and has no intention of going to the scorecards this time. Eoghan Chelmiah also has a point to prove, so this one is going to be wild. These are two very real fights between two very real rivals. This could honestly be a pay-per-view, that’s how massive the top of the card looks, but we’ll keep them free for our fans around the world.”To claim launch tokens, fans need to register for the airdrop waiting list now at www.karate.com/airdrop. Miami, Florida – Five years after the league’s inaugural live event on Miami’s world-famous waterfront, Karate Combat – the world’s premier striking league and the world’s first professional sports league to be structured as a DAO – is returning to Miami with a trio of all-action events.When Levine and De Castaneda were first matched in a title-shot eliminator in Karate Combat: Season 4, the dislike was instant and mutual. When De Castaneda took issue with Levine’s “arrogant” social media posts, a war of words turned into a feud which led to the two having to be separated at a press conference before a heated battle which Levine won by TKO. No purchase will be necessary to download the Karate Combat application or claim $KARATE tokens.