Ross Levine

After signing an exclusive multi-year deal with Karate Combat back in May, sport karate legend Ross Levine will make his debut for the promotion in less than 24 hours. Levine, the all-time Warrior Cup wins leader, will use his point fighting-turned full-contact skills in a middleweight bout against Andrei Grinevich.

Following his dominant sport karate career, Levine took his talents to Glory Kickboxing where he maintained his undefeated full-contact record and won "Knockout of the Year" honors in 2019. This fight will take place as part of the ninth event in Karate Combat's third season. Tune in on August 26th at 4:00 PM ET on Karate.com or 10:00 PM ET on CBS Sports.

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