St-Pierre and Thompson have taken roles as Karate Fight Sensei, which can see them play distinguished roles in Karate Fight programming all through 2022 and past.
The position – Thompson’s first for the promotion – expands on the Season Sensei position occupied by St-Pierre and Lyoto Machida in final 12 months’s Karate Fight: Season 3 and can see each veteran karate stylists share their data and expertise with Karate Fight viewers and fighters alike.
Showing Alongside Karate Fight president Adam Kovacs and Karate Fight lead analyst Bas Rutten, St-Pierre and Thompson broke information of the brand new agreements reside on immediately’s episode of The MMA Hour, the award-winning sports activities chat present hosted by ten-time ‘Journalist of the Yr’ winner Ariel Helwani.
“There’s plenty of good expertise right here, I can’t look forward to folks to see what’s coming. I just like the fights, I just like the manufacturing and I’m comfortable that now karate fighters have a spot the place they’ll flip professional. Karate Fight presents a spot the place all of the karate kinds meet one another and it’s very fast-paced, very thrilling, plenty of finishes,” mentioned St-Pierre.
“If Karate Fight would have existed years in the past, I’d certainly have competed in it. Now my critical competitors years are behind me, I believe I serve higher as a sensei. A sensei is just not solely an teacher however a trainer. It goes past being a coach. You educate guys about life, not solely what’s within the gymnasium.”
Thompson, a sixth-dan in Kempo Karate and top-ranked UFC welterweight, mentioned “I’m following in GSP’s footsteps right here in turning into a Karate Fight Sensei. I’m right here to offer followers the breakdown of what’s happening and in addition give some hints and tricks to the fighters as effectively.
“There was nothing for karate guys again within the day to make a residing again within the day, now Karate Fight is right here. It’s very thrilling and I’m trying ahead to enjoying my half in taking issues to the subsequent degree.”
St-Pierre and Thompson are two of essentially the most achieved karateka in historical past. St-Pierre holds a still-unbeaten document of 9 UFC Welterweight Championship defenses and can also be certainly one of solely 4 athletes to have held a UFC title in two totally different weight lessons, whereas Thompson has received an astonishing seven efficiency awards from the UFC.
Each have deep roots in karate: St-Pierre was a 2nd Dan black belt in Kyokushin Karate by the age of 12 whereas Thompson was skilled in Kempo from an early age by his father and commenced competing on the age of 15.
All through 2022, St-Pierre and Thompson will draw upon their experiences to supply steering, evaluation and insights because the world’s prime karate fighters battle for supremacy in The Pit, Karate Fight’s trademark combating area.
“Our final season took Karate Fight to new heights and we’re solely simply starting. We’re constructing an entire new sport and to have companions like Georges St-Pierre and Stephen Thompson assist us construct this sport is wonderful. They’re an inspiration to us, the fighters and the followers,” mentioned Adam Kovacs, Karate Fight President.
Karate Fight: Season 4 is scheduled to premiere this summer season and will likely be televised worldwide in over 100 territories. Particulars of Particulars of the season premiere, broadcast platforms and line-up will likely be launched within the close to future by way of Karate.com
Roberto Villa is the CEO, Founder, Govt Author, Senior Editor of FightBook MMA. Has a ardour for Fight Sports activities and in addition a podcast host for Sitting Ringside. He’s additionally a former MMA fighter and Kickboxer.
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