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Karate Combat and the new sports media model in the New York Times

Kevin Draper interviews Karate Combat CEO Michael DePietro about the new strategy among sports startups of developing a variety of distribution partners, highlighting the emphasis on mobile viewing. “A decade ago, DePietro would have been forced to rely on attendance, which would have made staging fights in a sunken pit and exotic locations difficult… Onscreen biometric data and real-time fan interaction would have been nearly impossible. Today, his options are almost limitless.” 7/17/18

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Tech Crunch: Live Streams of Karate and Niche Sports are Terrifying Major Sports Leagues

Viewers are increasingly moving to OTT and video streaming services as opposed to linear TV, enabling “massive growth” of viewership for a wider range of sports leagues.  Eric Peckham of Tech Crunch details this migration to OTT and streaming services and the response of major traditional sports leagues.

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Bleacher Report: Karate Combat is Bringing Something We've Never Seen Before

The adrenaline-fueld video Bleacher Report created for Karate Combat: One World has been viewed almost a million times on the B/R Instagram page. (One correction: there is no submission or grappling in Karate Combat!)  10/12/18

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ESPN Photo Essay: Karate Combat 102nd Floors over New York City

Pro sports photographer Nick Laham shot both behind the scenes and pit-side to create a visceral tour of Karate Combat: One World at the One World Observatory for ESPN. “Attending a black-tie affair on the 102nd floor of the World Trade Center in Manhattan is a unique opportunity. Doing so while also having a world-class karate competition feet away is another.”  10/8/18

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USA Today's Fightbook MMA Recaps Karate Combat: One World

Mozz Manzoor recaps Karate Combat: One World, calling it some of the best karate in the world and writing, “The night featured thrilling knockouts, and hard fought, close decisions.” Along with complete results, he concludes, “Karate Combat promised a spectacle. They teased the fulfilling of the dream that was born in many young kids in the 80’s. We grew up watching movies about underground Kumites, held at exotic locations, shrouded in mystery. The night delivered on all counts. I got to be one of the cool kids, Thursday night.” 9/29/18

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Karate Combat Reaches New Heights at World Trade Center

The Associated Press’s Dan Gelston reported from Karate Combat: One world, highlighting the outrageous location, the unusually dapper crowd at a fight event, and the excitement over the fresh take on the martial art. An excellent slideshow by Julio Cortez accompanies the article which was carried up by The Washington Post, and dozens of other major papers worldwide. “There’s a hole in the market for something that’s pure martial arts,” said 36-year-old Rob Bryan, who co-founded the league with Michael DePietro early last year. “The goal was to create a product that was exciting and still resonated with the mainstream audience.”

 

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Karate Combat Delivers All Action From Top of the World Trade

FanSided’s Raphael Garcia covered the action at Karate Combat: One World for FanSided’s 12 million readers, calling it a new twist on karate and writing, “All in all, Karate Combat should be considered a success. As karate is headed to becoming an Olympic sport in 2020, this is the right type of platform to continue building intrigue in the sport. With its invite-only format, alluring pit-fighting look and worldwide appeal; Karate Combat is worth the time for any fan of martial arts.” 9/28/18

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Raising Karate Combat's Profile from the top of the World Trade Center

The Japan Times covered Karate Combat: One World. The 135-year old paper is Japan’s oldest and biggest English-language news outlet and is distributed with The New York Times. The story talks about the excitement of the event at the top of One World Trade Center and the ways Karate Combat respectfully updates the martial art.   9/28/18

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1010 Wins interviews Sean Wheelock and CEO Michael DePietro for On the Marc

For New York’s biggest news and talk radio station, Marc Ernay interviewed Karate Combat CEO Michael DePietro and the veteran combat sports announcer Sean Wheelock. Wheelock would announce Karate Combat: One World later that night, and on the show On the Marc he and DePietro explained the rules and modern presentation of Karate Combat.   9/27/18

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Raising Karate Combat's Profile from the top of the World Trade Center

The Japan Times covered Karate Combat: One World. The 135-year old paper is Japan’s oldest and biggest English-language news outlet and is distributed with The New York Times. The story talks about the excitement of the event at the top of One World Trade Center and the ways Karate Combat respectfully updates the martial art.   9/28/18

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"Karate is Back!" Sports Illustrated Announces Launch of Karate Combat

Sports Illustrated’s Charlotte Carroll broke the news of Karate Combat’s launch, with the headline, “Karate is Back!” and an explanation of the rules, fighting pit, DNA-based info, and media plan for the first mainstream full-contact karate league. Includes quotes from CEO Michael DePietro, and a trailer from the private preview event in Budapest, Karate Combat: Genesis. 4/4/18

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CBS Gets Behind the Scenes with Bas Rutten at Karate Combat: Inception

CBS reporter David Warren visited Karate Combat: Inception in Miami showing off the high production values and intense action. Bas Rutten explains how the league’s rules let fans appreciate great technique and CEO Michael DePietro talks about the opportunity full-contact karate represents. 6/12/18

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CNN's Quest Means Business Features Karate Combat CEO Michael DePietro

On the day of Karate Combat: Inception in Miami, CNN’s Richard Quest interviews Karate Combat CEO Michael DePietro and top of the card fighter Elhadji “Black Magic” Ndour–who gives a demonstration. Quest says it’s the beginning of a worldwide comeback for the sport.  DePietro talks about the business plan for the league, the effect karate’s inclusion in the 2020 Olympics is having, and how Karat Combat is calibrated for the way fans view sports today. Quest speculates that the UFC should watch its back for Karate Combat’s rise.  5/26/18

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Emmy-winning Sports Broadcasting vet Jon Gerstel Joins Karate Combat

Variety’s Daniel Holloway broke the news that Jon Gerstel, vet of ESPN and CBS Sports, has signed with Karate Combat. Gerstel, who has won 4 Emmys, worked on producing broadcasts of the Olympics around the world, and launched successful sports networks, will executive produce all Karate Combat events.  The news was carried by Black Belt Magazine, Rapid TV News, Cynopsis Sports, MultiChannel News, Fightline and many others..

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BBC Sportshour Interviews Karate Combat CEO Michael DePietro

The world’s biggest sports program on radio interviewed Karate Combat CEO Michael Depietro on the league’s launch. “What we’ve done is taken the ancient art of karate and made it a professional sport,” says DePietro. The interview also explains how the timing for a karate comeback is linked to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. 4/12/18

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Chuck Liddell: I Wish Karate Combat Was Around When I Was Coming Up

United Press International’s Alex Butler interviews UFC Champion Chuck Liddell about his new ambassadorship with Karate Combat. “It’s something that a lot more people can get involved in,” Liddell said. “I love going to the tournaments and this is a full-contact version of it, which is awesome.” Liddell also gave his opinions on comebacks by Ronda Rousey (nope) and Conor McGregor (yes).  4/14/18

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USA Today on Karate Combat: Inception, Hosts Live Stream

USA Today covered Karate Combat: Inception, the new full-contact karate league’s first live streamed event–held in the patented slope-sided fighting pit right on the bay in Miami’s Herald Square. In an unprecedented partnership, USA Today also provided readers with a live SWIGIT link on its site to stream the action. 4/26/18

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Taking Karate Mainstream: Cheddar TV on Karate Combat

Cheddar TV interviews Karate Combat CEO Michael DePietro and COO Rob Bryan about the launch of Karate Combat–the first mainstream full-contact karate league — and its first live stream event Inception. “There’s a whole culture of honor and respect with karate,” says Bryan. “And we realized it was the perfect time to bring that to market and combine it with exciting fighting action.”  4/17/18

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Fioravante Valentino First Fighter From Italy to Sign with Karate Combat

OA il Templo dello Sport announced champion Fioravante Valentino has signed with Karate Combat, become the first Italian fighter to join the league. Valentino was about to sign to fight with an MMA league when he says Karate Combat made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. “It was like a Ferrari,” he says. 6/7/18

 

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UltraFlix and Iron Dragon TV sign 4K partnership with Karate Combat

UltraFlix and Karate Combat announced a deal to stream events in 4K Ultra HD on the Iron Dragon TV Network, giving fans amazing quality (provided by the prestigious 4K Studios).  “Karate Combat is all about revitalizing this martial art, and making fans feel like they are part of the action,” said Michael DePietro, CEO of Karate Combat. “So offering our premium events in 4K with UltraFlix and Iron Dragon TV is a perfect fit.” 5/25/18

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BitCoin is Gambling on Karate Combat. Should You?

Vice Sport’s MMA expert Jack Slack reports on BitProj’s sponsorship of Karate Combat using the BitCoin logo and does a deep dive into the rules, fighting pit and media potential for the new martial arts league–ultimately giving some constructive criticism and concluding the full-contact league is a likely success. 4/18/18

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Cinedigm and Dr. Oz's Jungo TV sign Karate Combat for COMBAT GO Network

Karate Combat signed a deal to put its events and content on COMBAT GO the just-launched 24/7 martial arts network on the Twitch platform, whose CCO is George Chung of Crunchyroll fame. The network was launched by Cinedigm and Jungo TV–a venture from Dr. Mehmet Oz. “COMBAT GO’s vision is in tune with Karate Combat’s mission to address the changing ways that fans consume sports,” said Karate Combat CEO Michael DePietro. 5/3/18

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Karate Combat Launches with BitCoin Sponsorship, Symbol at Center Ring

BitCoin News breaks the story of BitProj’s sponsorship of Karate Combat: Genesis, and the placement of the BitCoin symbol at the center of the Karate Combat Fighting Pit. Author John McMahon explains BitProj’s non-profit mission, and why a global fighting league and cyrptocurrency make natural partners. 4/30/18

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SB Nation's Bloody Elbow Recaps and Analyzes Karate Combat: Inception

Eddie Mercado recaps all the rights at Karate Combat: Inception streamed live from Miami including the shocking knockouts, and Elhadji “Black Magic” Ndour’s top of the card win. Eddie gives insightful analysis on the rules the fighting piit, and the full-contact action. 4/27/18

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Luke Rockhold Ringside in Miami for Dramatic Karate K.O.

TMZ reported live from Karate Combat: Inception in Miami that UFC superstar Luke Rockhold  was among the VIP guests at the live-streamed event and witnessed Dionicio Gustavo’s knockout of Alexandre Bouderbane of France. 4/27/18

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Sherdog on Karate Combat: A Promotion with Potential

One of the top MMA sites, Sherdog’s distinguished columnist Edward Carbajal recaps Karate Combat: Inception in Miami and gives praise to the league for its striking and knock out-oriented rules, the Fighting Pit, overall production values, and potential to revitalize combat sports. He singled out the entertainment value that the new rules promote. 4/27/18

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Hong Kong's HK01 Reviews Karate Combat: Inception in Miami

HKO1, one of Hong Kong’s largest daily newspapers, reviewed Karate Combat: Inception in depth with analysis of the rules–and their adherence to traditional karate–the Fighting Pit, and its “High-End Upshift”. The article digs deep into how the action flows, and notes that the audience looks like Roman rulers supervising a gladiatorial contest. 4/27/18

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Men's Magazine Neversphere interviews Australian fighter Tsuneari Yahiro on Karate Combat

Neversphere’s The Schillburger interviewed Karate Combat’s first Australian fighter, Tsuneari Yahiro, about joining the league.  “It looks really exciting. Something more mainstream, a bit of a blood sport,” Yahiro said.  “The first time you see it, you think it’s a movie. I think it will explode.”  4/22/18

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Karate Makes Its Revolution, With Knock Outs and a New Fighting Pit

Ouest, the largest newspaper in France by circulation, had New York correspondent Antoine Bacharel interview Karate Combat CEO Michael DePietro and its biggest French fighter Davy Dona on the eve of the big Miami event. 4/17/18

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Titan Channel Acquires Rights to Distribute Karate Combat Content in Spain

La Jugada Financiera of Madrid reports that Titan Channel, Spain’s combat sports television leader,  will carry Karate Combat events in the country. The deal is part of an overall expansion effort by Titan. 4/16/18

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Dailymotion Beefs Up Martial Arts Offering with Karate Combat

Dailymotion and Karate Combat announced a syndication partnership to put the new martial arts league’s events on the OTT streaming giant’s platform. Dailymotion Head of Content Gareth Mugford said, “We’re excited to partner with Karate Combat because of their innovations in digital combat sports media and their emphasis on creating captivating content that engages sports fans across a host of formats.” 4/12/18

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Black Belt Magazine Praises Launch of Full-Contact Martial Arts League, Karate Combat

Robert Young, one of the foremost authorities in martial arts and karate in particular, analyzes the rules and inspiration behind Karate Combat in the bible of karate, Black Belt magazine. He discusses the vision, the rules, and the patented slope-sided Karate Combat Fighting Pit. He also namechecks some of the top fighters in the world on the roster including Rafael Aghayev. 4/5/18