Luis Rocha challenges Edgar Skrivers for Karate Combat lightweight world title on May 28

  • Tom Ward
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Karate Combat fans have something else to look forward to: Luis Rocha will challenge Edgar Skrivers for the lightweight world title on May 28.

The highly-anticipated rematch, which will headline Karate Combat Season 4: Event 2, has been in the works for the last three months.

Defending champion Skrivers will enter the bout riding a three-fight winning streak, which includes impressive wins over Bruno de Assis and Myrza-Bek Tebuev.

Rocha, meanwhile, secured his second crack at lightweight gold with a savage body kick win TKO last season over Russian veteran Nikita Yanchuk.

The Brazilian challenged for 149lb gold in November 2019 with bitter rival Skrivers with the vacant belt up for grabs.

But the former title challenger came up short on that occasion, suffering a third-round TKO defeat to ‘The Bearslayer’.

Adam Kovacs, the League President of Karate Combat, said: “There’s a lot of history here: Skrivers and Rocha had the first-ever Karate Combat title fight and now they are ready to run it back.

“A lot has happened since that first fight.

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“Skrivers has looked dominant but Rocha never stopped being a contender and both of them had huge wins last season – now we’re going to see how they’ve evolved.”

Skrivers added: “Karate Combat decided to give him another shot and that’s fine.

“A lot has changed since then, including his style and my style.

“We’ve both evolved so of course it’s going to be a different fight, but I expect it to be a similar ending – I’m going to get in The Pit, smash him and earn a lot of cash in the process.”

Rocha, 32, has been training with Bellator MMA champions Patricio and Patricky Freire – better known as the Pitbull Brothers to some – at their local gym in his native country of Brazil.

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Luis Rocha will rematch Edgar Skrivers for the Karate Combat lightweight title on May 28

And the native of Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, is brimming with confidence ahead of his first shot at redemption.

He said: “If Skrivers can predict the future like this, he should stop fighting and become a fortune teller.

“But my aim is the same as his: get in there, smash him, take the belt and take the money.

“But I will also now predict the future: I think this may turn out to be the best fight in Karate Combat history.”

Patricio told GiveMeSport.com: “Luiz Victor is not only a great athlete but also a great fighter.

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“He’s got the technique and the heart to win championships and I’m certain he can do it this time.

“His skills are at the highest level. He’s a top calibre fighter.”

Patricky added: “Luiz Victor has put a lot of effort in the gym ever since the last time he challenged for the title.

“He was already a high level fighter then, but he’s got a big fire in his eyes now.

“He’s hungry and tenacious, better than he’s ever been. People can be sure to expect fireworks from him. He’s a dangerous opponent for anyone, not only in karate.”

Also featuring on the card will be another former world title challenger in Dominican Republic hardman Dionicio ‘El Capitan’ Gustavo.

He is set to take on Rocha’s former opponent Yanchuk who is moving up a weight class to welterweight.

New lightweight signings Andres Madera and Dastonbek Otabolaev will also compete on the show.

Karate Combat Season 4 airs every Saturday on Eurosport. For more information, visit the Karate Combat website at www.karate.com

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