beIN SPORTS will broadcast weekly episodes of Karate Combat in North America

beIN SPORTS acquires second season of Karate Combat
01 de septiembre de 2020

beIN SPORTS has acquired the rights to the second season of Karate Combat –the world’s first professional, full-contact karate league– in a 37-market deal that spans five continents and includes the United States, with 12 episodes airing weekly.

beIN SPORTS will broadcast weekly episodes of Karate Combat in North America, the Middle East & North Africa (MENA), Turkey, and 10 countries in Asia-Pacific.

Karate Combat's diverse fighter roster features more than 150 men and women from over 40 countries competing in the league's patented pit and is the first sports league to blend real-time virtual effects with world-class athletics.

The first season captured thrilling fights in well-known locations including the top floor of One World Trade Center. The second season will raise the bar by blending real-world fights with eye-catching special effects, transporting fans into virtual worlds. Season two features bouts in four virtual worlds rendered real-time using Unreal Engine, the video game engine behind Fortnite.

The fights are hosted by combat sports legend Bas Rutten with special guests ranging from Hollywood celebrities to NFL athletes.

“Necessity is the mother of invention, and our second season of Karate Combat is one step ahead of the game,” said Rob Bryan, CEO of Karate Combat.

“Karate Combat is presenting martial arts in a way never seen before and is poised to transition combat sports from niche to mainstream. beIN SPORTS is excited to add a groundbreaking new property to our established portfolio of world-class sports content and we are making it readily available to thousands of combat sports fans across North America for free on beIN SPORTS XTRA,” said Antonio Briceño, managing director of beIN SPORTS North America.