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Karate Combat 35 features champion vs. champion superfight in August 27 headliner

Tickets on sale now for Karate Combat's return to Universal Studios Florida in Orlando.
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Karate Combat recently announced its first-ever champion vs. champion superfight as the headline bout for Karate Combat 35 on Saturday, August 27 at The Backlot at Universal Studios Florida in Orlando, Florida.

Welterweight champion Josh "The Preacher" Quayhagen (6-1) will head from his home state of Louisiana to face Brazilian lightweight champion Luiz 'The Pitbull' Rocha (7-2), a protege of "The Pitbull Brothers" MMA team in Natal, Brazil, in a five-round catchweight fight.

This highly anticipated fight stems from a call-out made by Rocha earlier this year after he took the Karate Combat world lightweight championship from former champion Edgars 'The Bearslayer' Skrivers.

Calling Quayhagen out by name, Rocha challenged the welterweight champion to a duel in the pit. "The Preacher" accepted the challenge, and this historic matchup was subsequently signed.

Several other bouts for the August 27 card were also confirmed. 

Teeik Silva, a training partner of UFC contenders Alex "Poatan" Pereira and Glover Texeira, returns to the pit in search of a win to get him back on the bantamweight title contention trail. He faces Japanese newcomer Miyajima Matsuki, who will be looking to mark his Karate Combat debut by taking out an established name.

Heavy firepower will be traded when light-heavyweight contenders Elhadji "Black Magic" Ndour and the still-undefeated Achraf Ouchen face off for a second time, with New York's Ndour looking to avenge a close decision loss to the towering Moroccan when they fought in 2018. The winner will emerge with a shot at the Karate Combat world light-heavyweight championship.

Two top female prospects collide with a view to entering the strawweight title picture when former ballet dancer turned fighter Christina Kavakopoulou travels from Greece to face Brazil's Sthefanie "The Shamaness" Oliveira, who made an impressive Karate Combat debut earlier this year.

"Luiz Rocha called Josh Quayhagen out, and then both of them were messaging me about this fight," Karate Combat president Adam Kovacs said. "Fans were also excited by the prospect of this fight so we made it happen. These two have the most fights and wins in Karate Combat history.

“Whoever wins this fight will become the pound-for-pound champion in Karate Combat. We have our committee of superfans create the unofficial rankings, where these guys are the top P4Ps. This is going to be a great fight, and we're very excited to return to The Backlot at Universal Studios Florida following last month's sold out event.” 

Karate Combat 35 marks the promotion's second visit to The Backlot at Universal Studios Florida following the June 25 "Karate Combat: Season Four Finale" event, where a capacity crowd watched "Turbo" Ross Levine take the middleweight championship from Shahin "The Lion" Atamov.

Tickets for both VIP and General admission are on sale now at Karate.com/tickets and are expected to sell out quickly.

Karate Combat's trademark competition setting is powered by the industry-leading Unreal Engine in concert with award-winning virtual production specialists Lux Machina and has created an instantly recognizable CGI-based look, borrowing from the best of video games, blockbuster moviemaking and traditional sports combined.