ORLANDO, Florida – Georges St-Pierre, Karate Combat sensei and MMA icon, is headed to Florida later this month for Karate Combat 35, where he will line up alongside fellow legend Bas Rutten in the commentary booth for the Saturday, August 27 event at The Backlot at Universal Studios Orlando.
Among the fighters competing at Karate Combat 35 are St-Pierre's former sparring partner Raymond "Real Deal" Daniels, once described by St-Pierre as "the best pure striker I've ever seen," and his training partner and understudy Dean "The Sniper" Barry, competing for the first time since his controversial departure from the UFC earlier this year.
St-Pierre – himself a Kyokushin karate black belt who won the North American title at just 16 years old before transitioning to MMA and going on to set an unbroken nine-defense record of the UFC welterweight championship – has only ever previously commentated on UFC broadcasts for Canadian television.
"There are some great fights on this card, and I am really looking forward to being right next to the pit for this," St-Pierre said. "I think it's going to be a lot of fun calling the fights and sharing some insights with the fans around the world. Karate was my first martial art, the foundation of my career, and I'm a big fan of what Karate Combat is doing for the sport."
St-Pierre has been part of the broadcast line-up since "Karate Combat: Season 3," when he was unveiled alongside Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida as one of the two "season sensei" who would be offering analysis and insights to viewers and fighters alike as the season progressed.
He reprised the role for "Karate Combat: Season 4" earlier this year, where he was joined by Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson.
On August 27, St-Pierre will take position beside the pit, Karate Combat's trademark fighting platform, for a nine-fight card headlined by a champion vs. champion superfight between Karate Combat world welterweight champion Josh "The Preacher" Quayhagen and Karate Combat world lightweight champion Luiz "The Pitbull" Rocha.
Prior to doors opening on fight night, credentialed media will be invited to join St-Pierre in the pit for a roundtable discussion session, after which he will take up his position in the booth and get ready to call the evening's action.
Karate Combat events air live to over 100 territories worldwide via television and streaming broadcasts – fight fans can find "How To Watch" details in their area at Karate.com/how-to-watch.
Tickets for the Saturday, August 27 event are on sale via Karate.com.