Bellator MMA officially announced their plans for their reality show today with a press conference and release detailing the plans for the upcoming show. Both Spike and BellatorMMA used the press time to stress how the programming would be different than The Ultimate Fighter. The network also announced another program involving the recently signed Randy Couture.
The reality show, dubbed “Fight Master: Bellator MMA,” is expected to launch this summer at a currently undisclosed time. The show will feature 32 welterweights, divided into four camps, and will look focus on the training the fighters receive. The camps will be lead by Couture, Greg Jackson, Frank Shamrock, and former Bellator featherweight champion Joe Warren.
The fighter that wins the tournament will be thrown directly into the fire this Fall when they take part in the welterweight tournament.
While MMA reality tournaments have been done in the past, the companies were both quick to point out that the focus of the show will be training and developing fighters, as opposed to being about the fighters “being drunk and acting like idiots.”
The company has announced a three episode run of a Bar Rescue type show lead by Randy Couture. The show will involve the UFC Hall of Famer traveling to different struggling gyms and trying to turn them around. Spike TV also indicated that Couture could become a part of various non-MMA related programming as well.