The fighting format pitches karate champions against each other in a series of virtual worlds.
Premier Media Broadcasting has picked up the rights to season two of Karate Combat, a format that places real fighters in virtual environments.
The broadcaster will air weekly Friday night Karate Combat fights on free-to-air channel FreeSports, with bouts held in four virtual worlds that are rendered in real-time using Unreal Engine.
Karate champions Jerome Brown (London), Calum Robb (Edinburgh), and Craig Ryan (Dublin) are all taking part.
Each one hour episode of Karate Combat includes two to three bouts of three rounds each, along with profiles shot in the fighters’ own countries, bringing their training, as well as their struggles and passions to life.
The coverage will be hosted by British-Brazilian presenter Layla Anna-Lee and commentators Bas Rutten and Josh Palmer. They will be joined by “special guest stars from Hollywood and the international sports world.”
Richard Webb, COO of FreeSports, said: “This is exciting news for karate fans in the UK and Ireland with an incredible amount of Karate Combat action broadcasting each Friday night on FreeSports. Karate is one of the most popular martial arts in the United Kingdom and we’re delighted to make the fights free to air in each home.”
Karate Combat airs on FreeSports every Friday night at 11pm.