Karate Combat 39 is going down today (May 20th) from beautiful Miami, Florida with the promotion’s lightweight title on the line in the main event. Current champion, Luiz Rocha, will headline this card by defending his belt against Bruno Souza, who is the protege of former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida. MMA legends Georges St. Pierre and Bas Rutten will be the commentators for this event.
Bruno ‘The Tiger’ Souza has stepped away from MMA to pursue a career in Karate Combat, and has earned himself a shot at the belt with a gritty decision victory over Bruno Assis in the Battle of the Brunos at KC 38. The champion Rocha has yet to taste defeat in his combat sports career, and called his shot when he elected to enter the Pit after Souza’s win over Assis for a face off. There was a little shoving going on back and forth, but at the end of the day it was all love and the title fight was cemented.
The KC 39 co-main event promises to deliver when striking legend Raymond Daniels mixes it up with former UFC talent, Sasha Palatnikov. Both of these guys have already debuted on the Karate Combat stage, and both men are looking to get back into the win column. Father Time is clearly on the side of the 34-year-old Palatnikov, but the 43-year-old Daniels has a wealth of experience to pull from.
This event will begin at 7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT and can be streamed in a variety of locations. You can find KC 39 world wide right here at Bloody Elbow, as well as on Karate Combat’s YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages. Did I mention that it is all free?
Karate Combat 39 fight card
- Luiz Rocha def. Bruno Souza by unanimous decision: Lightweight Title
- Raymond Daniels def. Sasha Palatnikov by unanimous decision: Middleweight
- Shahzaib Rindh def. Tommy Azouz by unanimous decision: Lightweight
- Antonio Arroyo def. Cody Jerabek by TKO in round 2: Heavyweight
- Gabriel Stankunas def. Ignacio Capllonch by unanimous decision: Welterweight
- Alberto Ramirez def. Maciej Tercjak by unanimous decision: Lightweight
- Elijah Everill def. Rahul Bhowmick by KO at :49 in round 1: Lightweight
- Ana Luiza Da Silva def. Nathalia Dinis by KO in round 1: (W) Flyweight
- Zakaria BenBouchta def. Adam Rosa Ramos by unanimous decision: Heavyweight
- Will Esparza def. Jonathan Broad by split decision: Welterweight
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Disclosure: Karate Combat covered the author’s travel expenses to this event.
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