In Karate Combat’s official ruleset, viewable here, an “Extra Round” aka Sudden Victory can happen in only two scenarios: (1) if the judges’ final score results in a draw or (2) if the fight is balanced out and at least two out of three judges request an “Extra Round”. The result of the additional Sudden Victory round determines the winner, and if this round scores a draw, then the official result will be a draw.
Karate Combat’s extra rounds have developed into an overwhelming fan favorite and a clear differentiator with other combat sport rulesets. The League’s official twitter space, is even called One More Round.
Draws are very rare, and only 1 has occurred in Karate Combat over all 182 fights to date. However split scores happen regularly: 30 have occurred to date, which is on average 1.65 times per 10-fight night.
As League President, I am strongly in favor of an official rule change, voted on by the token holders, to automatically add an extra round anytime the judges score a split decision. Given the importance of extra rounds in the lore of Karate Combat, I’m also in favor of voting on this potential rule change as KICK #1.
If approved, we anticipate this change would increase the number of fights with extra rounds and decrease the number of controversial judges’ decisions. A summary of the change is included in the table below.
*this rule and the change is only applicable in geographies where the commission allows extra rounds.
WE NEED YOUR VOTE:
If the fight result is a split score after the third (non-title fight) or fifth round (title/championship fight), should an extra round be automatically held?
Quorum rules still need to be debated, but if the sentiment poll below generates substantial favor, it can likely be pushed to token voting ASAP.
Poll closes: Jun 18, 2023