The questions surrounding Bellator’s upcoming reality show on Spike TV have finally been answered! While the program, titled Fight Master: Bellator MMA, does resemble the UFC’s Ultimate Fighter to a certain extent there are definitely enough differences to pique the interest of hardcore fans.
According an official press release, the program will feature 32 welterweights being whittled down to one last man standing over ten hour-long episodes. In addition to the prestige of emerging victorious, the winner will also earn a spot in the company’s Season 9 welterweight tournament. Taping begins this month with the first show airing at some point this summer.
Also intriguing, Fight Master will feature four coaches rather than two and competitors will have an opportunity to select both their squad as well as their opponents. Heading teams will be Randy Couture, Frank Shamrock, Greg Jackson, and Joe Warren.
Couture, a UFC Hall of Fame fighter and former double-division champion, expressed excitement about the opportunity, saying, “It is sort of a watershed moment. We can create more opportunity for more fighters in the sport of mixed martial arts.”
“The Natural” has also been linked to another show on Spike TV called Gym Rescue where he will help struggling MMA gyms re-establish some steam.
Regarding the rest of the trainers, Shamrock helped found American Kickboxing Academy as is a legend in the sport, while Warren is a former Olympian who has worn Bellator gold and Jackson is one of the most respected coaches in the business due to his work with the likes of Georges St-Pierre, Jon Jones, and countless others.
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