Karate Combat and Eurosport sign new broadcast agreement for 2022
With a recordbreaking 2021 season in the books, Karate Combat, a fast-growing fight promotion firm, and Eurosport have confirmed a broadcast deal to air Karate Combat: Season 4 across the global Eurosport network.
MMA icon Georges St-Pierre reprises his sensei role and is joined this season by fellow karate black belt and UFC standout Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson along with the returning Lyoto ‘The Dragon’ Machida.
Together with lead analyst and living legend Bas Rutten, they will oversee the season’s action and offer insights and tips both to the fighters and the viewers at home. Joining Rutten on the broadcast and presentation team are Josh Palmer and Layla-Anna Lee.
Olympic medalists, world champions and top new prospects feature prominently throughout the season as they take part in key bouts to retain, obtain or step closer to coveted Karate Combat World Championship title belts in full-contact professional bouts.
Karate Combat has pioneered the use of cutting-edge CGI technology in professional sports, harnessing the power of the Epic Games Unreal Engine (Fortnite, Mandalorian) to create stunning virtual environments which serve as backdrops for the authentic full-contact fights taking place.
Karate Combat: Season 4 commences Saturday 14 May and consists of four events airing at two-week intervals. The season will conclude with an event airing live from an iconic world-famous location outside Orlando, Florida on Saturday 25 June.
In addition to television broadcasts in over 75 global territories – including France, Germany, Spain, Russia and Turkey – Karate Combat content will also feature on the Eurosport App and Eurosport.com, Europe’s number one digital sports destination which averages over 30 million unique visitors per month.
“Last season’s partnership with Eurosport was a huge success and set new viewership records for Karate Combat in key territories, so we are delighted to announce a new agreement which retains Eurosport as the European television home of Karate Combat and will bring Karate Combat: Season 4 to millions of households across the continent,” said Adam Kovacs, Karate Combat president.
Georges St-Pierre, Karate Combat sensei, said “Karate Combat is one of the most exciting combat sports organisations out there and things are really going to another level this season; I can’t wait for people to see what’s coming. This is full-contact, fast-paced elite striking and I’m really happy that finally karate athletes have a place where they can turn pro.”