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    Season 2 of the World Combat League to be Seen in Over 100 Countries

    DALLAS, March 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The future of combat martial arts is here and will be seen on televisions around the world starting this month. A new season of Chuck Norris' World Combat League (WCL), the explosive form of standup mixed-martial arts which has garnered impressive ratings in the United States on the VERSUS network, will now be aired in over 100 countries thanks to one of the sport's most comprehensive international distribution plans.

    "Chuck Norris is an international martial arts icon," said Matthew Ody, from Matthew Ody & Associates, the company, which oversees the distribution of the WCL's global television rights. "(Mr. Norris) has said, 'This is where the sport is headed.' That's tremendous worldwide credibility for a young league like the WCL. Our international partners have been quick to respond. This has been one of the most well received international rollouts of a sporting product I have ever seen."

    "Our production is really top notch," said WCL President Damien DiCiolli. "We brought in some of the top talent working in television sports production to enhance our shows. The result is a quicker paced, more exciting product. If you liked Season 1, you'll be blown away by Season 2."

    The WCL is a team-based sport featuring four Western Conference squads (the Los Angeles Stars, Oklahoma Destroyers, Texas Dragons and Denver Fury) and four Eastern Conference teams (the St. Louis Enforcers, Miami Force, New Jersey Tigers and New York Clash). Each team consists of six fighters (including one female) and each individual fights two three-minute rounds.

    "Our matches are non-stop action," said Norris. "It's the most exciting three minutes of mixed-martial arts anywhere. The athletes get into the ring and go full throttle. In fact, the WCL had a 34-percent knockout rate, which is tops in any sport. If a fighter tries to slow the pace of the fight down, they will be penalized for passivity."

    "We're a long-term player on the mixed-martial arts landscape. The WCL has been a 30-year dream of mine, and to see how quickly it was embraced by both fans and television sponsors surprised even me. We are doing what the spectators want, 'Knock outs not tap outs.' That's the WCL's approach."

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    You know, I actually find the WCL to be fun and exciting to watch. But just because they have guys from Karate AND Taekwondo doesn't make it "mixed martial arts." And "knock-outs, not tap-outs"? WTF is that???

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    Motherfuck that article. That article is fucking gay. The WCL is fucking gay. I mean come the **** on. Any sport in which they make you wear booties is fucking gay. What the **** is "standup mixed martial arts?". Gay.
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    The WCL is really growing on me as well. There are a number of rules I'd like to tweak, but they have changed a few of rules since season 1 for the better (i.e. they don't wear foot pads anymore). So at least they are attempting to react to what the audience wants.

    The "Knocks outs, not tapouts" is just a marketing tool. I read an interview a couple of months ago (don't have the link - maybe from Inside KungFu) that Chuck Norris belives an audience exsist that is more interested in the standing fight game than ground work. This is his way to market to that crowd.

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    Any sport in which they make you wear booties is fucking gay.
    They now wear standard shin-instep pads and have since about halfway through season 1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt W.
    They now wear standard shin-instep pads and have since about halfway through season 1.
    They also now allow some holding; you may grab an opponent and throw a knee, but then you must release. So no real clinch per se, but it's a step in the right direction as far as I am concerned. And even though it will probably not come to pass, I'd like to see elbows allowed.

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    But why reinvent the wheel. Just use Sanda, K1, or MT rules and call it a day? The whole no defense, all high kicks rules ruin it for me, whatever kind of cute slippers they have on.

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    Wasn't there some jiveass rule about "no leg kicks unless they're part of a punching combo," or some such? I happened across a WCL telecast last week, where it seemed as though that rule had been changed . . .

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    I'm not exactly sure what you mean by "all high kicks" rule and they don't allow boots. You can kick the knee level and up in the WCL. Is there some other kind of kick you are looking for that isn't allowed? The wikipedia says that you can us any kick, so I'm not sure I follow what you mean here.

    It's interesting that you use those organizations as examples and ask "why reinvent the wheel." I think you might have implied the answer to that question in your very own post: kickboxing is dead in the US. Those orgs don't mean anything to the mainstream crowd. My co-workers, for example, know of (and some of them watch) the UFC but names "ISKA" and "K1" fall flat to them. However most of them have heard of the WCL, even if peripherally. "Oh that Chuck Norris thing, right?"

    Whatever is out there right now apparently isn't capturing the US audience, and if one chooses to make a new organization, you better bring something different to the table. If a 10 round kickboxing match is a marathon, then I think the WCL is trying to create a kickboxing sprint in order to hold on to the infamously short attention span of the US tv audience.

    As far as I am concerned, anything that promotes kickboxing positively and helps to get it into the minds of the US viewer is a good thing. As far as I know the WCL is the only kickboxing org with a steady TV deal in the US at the moment and is actively working to get some real mindshare among sports fans. I certianly can't fault them for that.
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    K1 MT and Sanda have never gotten any exposure in the US. It's not that they got put on TV here and failed. It's that they never got on TV. Why, because early on US kickboxing was this wierd hybrid full contact point fighting that was fucking silly to watch and it left audiences laughing. The WCL is just the latest incarnation of the same thing.

    High leg kicks (3 inches above the knee) are allowed, but not by themselves, and not with punches. That, plus getting penalized for moving and the super short matches means that the fights turn into high kick plus power punch flailing matches.

    If you like it, great. I don't.

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