‘I’m Going Back to My Roots’- Georges St-Pierre on Collaborating With Karate Combat

Published 03/18/2021, 5:57 AM EDT


Former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion, Georges St-Pierre, recently talked to Ariel Helwani. The consensus greatest of all time, ‘Rush’, has been retired from the sport of MMA since defeating Michael Bisping to become the UFC middleweight champion at UFC 217. However, he is still active in and around combat sports.

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GSP is currently a part of the Karate Combat promotion. The organization started the first professional full-contact Karate league, which is hosted by the former UFC heavyweight champion, Bas Rutten.

St-Pierre was wearing a Karate Combat T-shirt, commented on the move. ‘Rush’ said, “I will bring my insights. And I will work, I’m going to meet these guys. And when I go to California at the end of the month, and I’m very excited. I’m going back to my roots area was you know, karate, it’s a it’s a great organization.

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It’s a very, very fast paced form of fighting you know, it’s a, it’s got karate, it’s my background for people who know me, I’ve been doing this for since I’m I started.”

The former UFC champion, who has been doing Karate since he was seven years old, was one of the most successful fighters to ever grace the Octagon. An all-time fan favorite, St-Pierre, is a true icon of the sport and his presence will only enhance the growth of the new promotion.

Georges St-Pierre details on the rules of Karate Combat

Karate Combat is a unique promotion, as its set of rules is unprecedented. Karate is one of the primary bases of mixed martial arts, and there are many fighters who come from this background. The organization will provide those with a tremendous opportunity to showcase their skills.

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NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 04: Georges St-Pierre of Canada fights Michael Bisping of England in their UFC middleweight championship bout during the UFC 217 event at Madison Square Garden on November 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

He added, “It’s a lot of fun to see now that all there is a professional organization for karate fighters, people that that comes from karate background, whether they’re from point fighting Karate or traditional karate like me. So the rules are, it doesn’t favor any style of karate. I would say it’s a mix of everything.”

Promotions like these will only enhance the growth of combat sports worldwide and with an addition like St-Pierre, the organization will only enrich its resources for a bigger and better future.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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