Power Slap is a new sanctioned combat sport.


Slap fighting now officially a new combat sport

It is now official. Slap fighting, or knocking out your competitor with a strong slap on the face, is now a new combat sport.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White launched on Friday (November 11) the Power Slap, a new sport focused on open-handed striking.

White said Power Slap will feature competitors from around the world to compete on stage and showcase their “power, technique and resolve”.

“I’ve been working on this since 2017. I saw some footage of slap fighting on social media and I was instantly hooked. From the first day I saw it, I felt like this could be big,” White said.

White formed the sport Power Slap with Lorenzo Fertitta and Craig Piligian, in partnership with UFC and Endeavor, and produced by Pilgrim Media Group.

“I knew what needed to be done to make it a real sport just like we did with MMA. We got it sactioned by the Nevada State Athletic Commission with defined rules, rankings and weight classes. Power Slap is built for the modern sports fan,” White said.

Power Slap will launch with an eight-episode series to air on TBS in early 2023. Athletes will compete to earn a spot in the cast house, the first Power Slap rankings, for future matches. ICA/Expat Media

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