Although the fourth season of Netflix’s hit series Cobra Kai hasn’t been released yet, the fifth installment of the series is already in the works, with two major MMA fighters set to join the series in some capacity.
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During a recent appearance on The MMA Hour, mixed martial artist and Ultimate Fighting Championship star Stephen Thompson revealed that both he and former welterweight champion Tyron Woodley would be featured in Cobra Kai Season 5, although he didn’t speak too much on what their roles would entail.
“I chatted with [Woodley] not too long doing some Cobra Kai stuff. I can’t really give too much away but we were there hanging out, and yeah, the beef has been squashed,” Thompson said. “Since then, he’s awesome and fun to hang out with while we were there. I didn’t get to hang out with him a ton but while we were there on set.”
Thompson confirmed that it is an acting role and that it was a natural fit considering his background as a karateka. “I’m like known as the karate guy [in UFC], so everybody has been wondering, ‘Hey, man. When are you going to do the Cobra Kai thing?’ … I can’t really give too much away, but be looking out.”
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Season 4 of Cobra Kai will most likely deal with the aftermath of the third season’s action-packed finale, where fans last saw Johnny Lawrence and Daniel LaRusso finally teaming up with each other in order to take down John Kreese at the All Valley Karate Tournament. However, as they formed their new alliance, it looks like Kreese has also enlisted his old friend to help him defeat Johnny and Daniel. The new season will also introduce new characters in the form of Dallas Dupree Young as Kenny and Oona O’Brien as Devon.
In Cobra Kai, Ralph Macchio and William Zabka revisit their star-making roles from the iconic film franchise, The Karate Kid. The epic adversaries return to the dojo, thirty years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament. A down-and-out Johnny Lawrence (Zabka) seeks redemption by reopening the infamous Cobra Kai karate dojo, reigniting his rivalry with a now-successful Daniel LaRusso (Macchio), who has been struggling to maintain balance in his life without the guidance of his mentor, Mr. Miyagi.