The first Brazilian defeat in the season and a devastating knockout were features in the sixth edition of Karate Combat, which happened last Sunday night (1st). The promotion, it is worth remembering, has computer graphic scenarios that simulate futuristic dimensions and brings the best Karate fighter on the planet with total contact rules.
Gil de Bastos (Brazil) and Andràs Virag (Hungary) were the first to enter the pit (arena), in a fight for the under 75kg category. Bastos started cautiously. The Brazilian’s initial tactic was to wait for the opponent to kick, as to counter-strike with punches. Upon realizing this, the Hungarian began to shorten the distance with constant feints and took advantage of Gil’s imbalance to hit a right cross, which sent him to the ground. At this stage the judge interrupted the fight and called a technical knockout for the European. Gil de Bastos immediately protested, saying he was still able to continue.
Also in the under-75kg division, Gustavo Dionicio (Dominican Republic) and Reda Messaoudi (Morocco) came up next and went on to a standup battle from the start. More aware and precise, the Dominican won with a resounding knockout in the second round. He avoided his opponent’s punch first and then sent him to the canvas with a powerful right cross, settling the score with further ground and pound.
Shahin Aramov (Azerbaijan) and Franklin Mina (Ecuador) closed the event in the under 84kg category. The offensive actions was pretty balanced, during the three rounds. Armov bet on mixing combinations with takedowns, but ended up frustrated because of his opponents greater size. Mina eventually gained an advantage with straight punches and high kicks, and won by split decision.