CHUCK NORRIS & THE WORLD COMBAT LEAGUE
In the July 2006
edition of Black Belt Magazine, it is reported that on March 3, 2006, Chuck Norris launched the World Combat League. The World Combat League is a professional kickboxing league that is team kickboxing
in which each member fights two three minute rounds.
The teams represent
cities and each team has six fighters; 5 men and one woman. The teams that night were from the cities of Los Angeles (Stars), Las
Vegas (Gators), Dallas (Dragons), and Denver
(Destroyers). There are two conferences, the Western and Eastern. Right now, the World Combat league only has four teams.
Cory Schafer the
League’s commissioner noted in the article that the “…WCL places a premium on athletic kicking skills, which
is designed to create a more action packed fight. No holding, clinching, throwing,
grappling, or wrestling is allowed. If a fighter tries to slow the pace of the bout by avoiding his opponent or not fighting
aggressively, the referee calls ‘passivity” against the person and awards the opponent a point. Ideally, each
round will feature two stand-up fighters going full-bore to score as many points for their teams as possible. Three judges score each round based on the number of knockdowns, the extent of damage inflicted and the
number of clean strikes landed.”
Each contest is
twelve rounds and each fighter fights in a predetermined weight class. The league
takes world-class fighters in kickboxing, karate and taekwondo instead of having them fight up to 12 rounds, the World Combat
League have them fight two rounds, which in theory will provide for a non-stop action packed round. Giving the audience more action per round, fighters go full speed in every round.
The article further
informs that fancy kicks are “rewarded with a greater point value. Unlike
in mixed martial arts events, chokes and grappling techniques are not part of the equation, and no Muay Thai kicks are allowed
to the knees…Kicks are allowed to the lead leg above the knee, but they must not be part of a combination attack.”
Each time a penalty
occurs a point is given to the other team. The score is displayed on a large
digital billboard, allowing spectators to keep tabs on their favorite fighter.
Cory Schafer states,
“ All the athletes are professionals and are paid above kickboxing scale,” He adds, “We look forward to
securing television contracts, bringing in big-name sponsorship and developing a program similar to other league sports, which
will allow the fighters to make a full-time living doing what they love to do.”
The fight world
is still evolving and changing for the better. The Business of Boxing wishes
Chuck Norris and the World Combat League much success!
Keep Your Guard Up and Keep Kicking!