The seventh edition of the second season of Karate Combat took place last Sunday night (8th). This time, the event premiered the “Neo Tokyo” scenario, designed by computer graphics, as mandated by the promotions futuristic costumes. Brazil was represented by São Paulo native Willians Quirino, who took stage against Nikos Gidakos (Greece) in the under 75kg division. The main attraction of the card was the fight for the belt (the exclusive golden belt) in the up to 67kg division between champion Edgar Skrivers (Latvia) and Myrza Tebuev (Russia).
Natural counter puncher, Willians Quirino struggled to cope with Nikos Gidakos’ blows from the start. With quick strides dominating the distance, Gidakos mixed powerful punches with takedowns and sweeps, sending the Brazilian from São Paulo to the canvas twice.
Quirino showed some reaction from the middle of the second round, but again he could not resist the pace put on by Gidakos, who managed to hold onto advantages until the end and won by unanimous decision.
67kg champion Edgar Skrivers (Latvia) and challenger Myrza Tebuev (Russia) closed off the night. Left-handed and constantly pushing for close combat, the Latvian adopted the tactic of waiting for opponent’s attacks to counter with crosses, uppercuts and medium kicks, in addition to sporadically using his versatility with rotating punches and even a “rolling thunder” kick.
The Russian had his best moment in the opening, when he hit a left cross that stunned Edgar, but ended up being technically swallowed up during the course of the fight and stayed at a disadvantage until the end.
In the interval, the doctor was called to the exhausted Tebuev’s corner, who was no longer able to continue. The technical knockout victory kept Skrivers with the gold belt and counted as his first title defense.