by MMAWeekly.com Staff
The 2005 World Kickboxing Association (WKA) USA amateur nationals tournament series and its accompanying Combat Sports Challenge 9 professional fight card, both of which will take place over the course of this weekend at Sterling, Virginia’s Dulles Sports Plex, will also air on Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS) network two weeks after their occurrence.

A deal for the television coverage was struck between Combat Sports 2000, the outfit producing the professional fight card, and representatives from the television network that reaches approximately 4.5 million homes in 11 states. A one-hour program on CSS will showcase the professional fight card as well as highlight footage from the amateur events.

The professional card’s main event, which has been changed, will see Minnesota’s Nat McIntyre square off with Pennsylvania’s Rami Ibrahim with the vacant WKA US Lightweight Pro Muay Thai Championship at stake. The remainder of the WKA US-sanctioned professional fight card will be as follows: Saul Mitchell vs. Edson Diniz , Mixed Martial Arts rules), Sean Hines vs. Jeff Perry (Muay Thai rules), and David Derby vs. Andre Soares (Mixed Martial Arts rules).

As of July 16th, a total of 138 competitors representing 11 states and 37 different martial arts schools were pre-registered for the three-day WKA US amateur tournament series that will kick off Friday with a single-elimination, mixed martial arts rules tournament. The numbered of pre-registered competitors represents an all-time high for the organization and a considerable improvement over the118 fighters who were pre-registered last year with the same duration of time remaining before the event.

On Saturday, its kickboxing rules tournament will be contested under the WKA’s three traditional sets of rules – Full Contact (above the waist kicks), Kickboxing (low kick), and modified Muay Thai. Competitors can register for either the “open” or “novice” division, depending on the competitive experience of each athlete. Both novice as well as open tournament fighters will be separated into 11 different weight classes and will engage in bouts consisting of three, two-minute rounds. The victor of each weight class in the open division will be crowned the United States champion in that class and be named to the United States national squad.

The final day of competition will consist of the Submission Grappling tournament that is open to all experience levels. Brazilian Black Belt Leo Dalla will oversee this affair to which “No Gi” rules will apply. All submission grappling tournament competitors will be registered into the new WKA US ranking system.

Amateur fighters interested in competing in one or more of the WKA US tournaments may pre-register for competition by completing an application that can be found on the WKA US’s official website, www.wkausa.com. Tickets for CSC 9 Pro Muay Thai and MMA and WKA US Finals can be purchased at www.CombatSportsChallenge.com.

The 2005 WKA US Nationals event will be sponsored by Primetime, Instinct Athletics (www.instinctathletics.com), NHBfights.com, WorldClassTrainingSecrets.com, Zerogear, MICC’s Fightwear, Scientific Street Fighting, and The UPS Store.

CSS is a partnership between Comcast Corporation and Charter Communications, the nation’s largest and third-largest broadband communications companies.

The World Kickboxing Association is one of the world’s oldest and most recognized governing bodies for various forms of kickboxing. In 2000 the organization formed the WKA US to oversee kickboxing competition in the United States and, in 2004, the WKA US added mixed martial arts and submission grappling to its portfolio of combat sports that it regulates.