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Shortly after celebrating their one year anniversary, Jessie Wray's Virtual Fight Tour was back in action Saturday night with a card full of up-and-coming talent and seasoned professionals. In addition to the exciting point fighting matchups, Maria Routel-Ferguson of Team AmeriKick demonstrated her bo routine and Gakuji Tozaki performed his traditional Japanese kata after recently winning gold at the Karate-1 Premier League event in Cairo, Egypt. There were several great storylines throughout the fighting divisions that included four head-to-head matchups and two team fights. Keep reading to find out how it all went down.

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The 2021 AmeriKick Internationals, promoted by Bob Leiker and Mark Russo, was the third NASKA world tour event since the league returned from its COVID-19 hiatus. The event celebrated its 40th anniversary last weekend as the action went down in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Rashad "The Black Mamba" Eugene was the talk of the tournament, coming home with three overall grand championship titles in the men's forms and weapons divisions. Eugene has become a fan-favorite in recent years for his fun-loving demeanor around the ring and exceedingly creative performances in the weapons divisions, using everything from triple bo staff to a broomstick. His first title of the weekend came in the traditional weapons category. He carried that momentum into the Saturday night finals where he defeated Cody Leck and Donis Coronel to claim the creative/musical/extreme (CMX) forms title, and followed that up with a double bo performance to secure the trifecta with a win over Team Paul Mitchell's Alex Mancillas and Kung Fu bull whip specialist Aaron Keys. Eugene's weekend is of historical significance, as this marks the first time in recent memory that a competitor has won their first career NASKA overall grand championship while claiming three such titles at one event.

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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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On Saturday, July 3rd, 2021 some of the best breakers in the world gathered at the Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida to compete head to head for the chance to become an "ISKA World Champion". The ISKA World Breaking Championships at the US Open is the pinnacle of breaking competition. For competitive breakers, the US Open is the only event where breaking receives international ESPN coverage, which adds even more prestige to the titles. Those who take the title of World Champion receive a coveted ISKA Title Belt. This championship is invitation only and not open to the general public. In order to compete, competitors must qualify through competition or receive approval from the breaking director.

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