It’s not everyday a new sport is invented but come September 1, Combat 8 will debut with a world first main event at Newcastle Panthers.

Combat 8 has been in development for more than two years, with a style of fighting and rules that brings together boxers and mixed martial artists.

Fighting inside “The Cube” for five three minute rounds, combatants are allowed only 30 seconds per round to wrestle on the ground before being made to stand.

Kicking and kneeing has been eliminated in an effort to bring fighters closer together.

Rutherford local Kirk “The Newcastle Nightmare” Lawton has been hand picked to make his Combat 8 debut at the event, taking on Anton Tuilotolava.

Both men stand 188cm tall and weigh in at 127 kilograms.

Tuilotolava has a professional boxing record of five wins from as many bouts, all coming by way of knock out.

Beresfield amateur boxing champion Matt Stapleford will also

be in action, taking on former Commonwealth Games competitor “King” Dane Mulivai.

Combat 8 CEO Nathan Swadling said the concept had come about to eliminate debate over which fighting discipline produced the best pugilists.

“I spent two years developing a style of combat that could stand as a platform in the middle to bring both boxers and MMA fighters together,” Swadling said.

“I am and always have been a fight fanatic and I have often wondered who would win a fight between two fighters from different styles (MMA & Boxing) but without ever really knowing for sure because it didn’t happen.”

The Combat Sports Authority have taken 12 months to approve the sport and Swadling said he was looking forward to seeing Combat 8 get off the ground.

“Definitely, we’re very excited by the launch and the support given to us by local businesses and Fox Sports as well,” Swadling said.

The night will also be broadcast world wide as a pay per view event.

Tickets for the launch of Combat 8 at Newcastle Panthers on September 1 are on sale now.

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