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Karate Combat Beats Bellator, PFL in Viewership

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Karate Combat continues to grow. After its most recent event, the organization is reporting that it has beaten major MMA organizations, PFL and Bellator, in online viewership numbers. They say they are the fastest-growing combat sports organization.  This feat was measured by Tubular Labs. Through a press release, Karate Combat and Tubular Labs have shared their findings.

See below for press release from Karate Combat:


Growing Combat Sports League Also Ranked in Tubular Labs’ Top 100 Leaderboard For Global Media & Entertainment Sports Creators On Facebook And The Top 100 Leaderboard for Global Overall Sports Creators, Summing Cross-Platform Views 

Karate Combat Now Ranks Ahead of Both the PFL and Bellator in Digital Video Views

According to Tubular Labs’ published video view leaderboards for June, Karate Combat – the world’s fastest-growing fight promotion – officially broke into the “Top 50” (at #46) ranking for US Sports Creators on Facebook, jumping 36 spots over May. 

Additionally, Karate Combat is now #66 on the leaderboard ranking for US Sports Creators Cross-Platform (up 56 spots since May) and #94 for Global Media and Entertainment Creators on Facebook, up 113 spots over May.

In total, Tubular Labs credits Karate Combat with over 60 million cross-platform digital video views in June 2022, up from 35.2 million digital video views in May. 

Tubular Labs is the leader in global social video intelligence and measurement. The company provides a unified view of the shifting values and interests of audiences across YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Twitch, Twitter and more. Tubular is the only company that is a member of the YouTube Measurement Program and a Facebook Measurement Partner

This increase is directly correlated with the promotion’s successful “Season 4”, which culminated with a live event streamed and broadcast from the Backlot at Universal Studios, Florida in Orlando on June 25th where a sold-out crowd was joined by millions of viewers watching live worldwide.

As previously reported, the event’s Livestream numbers for ‘Live +3 days’ (akin to the ‘Live +3’ TV rating used for linear television broadcasts) more than doubled year-over-year, exceeding 5.9 million views across Meta’s Facebook and Instagram platforms, along with YouTube, TikTok, Snap, Twitter and Karate.com.

Karate Combat achieved these digital viewership successes by utilizing a “democratized digital distribution” strategy, aimed entirely at serving the company’s Generation Y and Generation Z fanbase, digital natives who favor streaming over linear television.

Karate Combat events are streamed live across all the major social platforms, with the full card then immediately re-posted as video-on-demand, in contrast to other promotions which restrict their social streaming and place most of their content behind paywalls. In addition, full fights, highlights and interviews are posted by Karate Combat as short-form clips. It is this content machine that generated over 60 million views in June, 2022.

As a result of this strategy, males aged 18-34 – the most valuable demographic in sports marketing and the demographic most desired by advertising sponsors – comprise 70-90% of Karate Combat’s digital viewership audiences.

With over 600 million fans globally, modern combat sports – as defined by MMA – is the fastest-growing sports genre in the world and draws most of its fanbase from the young male Gen Y and Gen Z demographic which is highly prized by advertisers. 

Globally, Karate has a higher participation base than MMA, at over 100 million participants, with a compound annual growth rate of 160%, and is an Olympic sport. Karate Combat is now the fastest growing league in the fastest growing sports genre.

See more Karate Combat from MMA Sucka:

“I started with martial arts when I was seven years old” – Ross Levine Discusses Karate Combat Championship Win

MMA, Kickboxing, Karate – Bas Rutten and His Love for Martial Arts

Karate Combat Season 4 Episode 4 Results

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Timothy Wheaton is a combat sports writer who covers MMA, Kickboxing, and Muay Thai. He has been an avid follower of these sports since 2005. Tim is a host alongside Frazer Krohn on the MMA Sucka Podcast.

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