During Tuesday’s press conference in Santa Monica, Spike TV and Bellator MMA announced Randy Couture, Greg Jackson, Frank Shamrock and Joe Warren will serve as opposing coaches on “Fight Master: Bellator MMA.” premiering this summer.
The 32 welterweights will live and train together in four camps while looking to fight their way into the Bellator tournament in the fall of 2013 and scoring a $100,000 paycheck.
Unlike with the UFC’s “The Ultimate Fighter,” each athlete controls their own destiny. They will choose which camp to train with and which opponent they want to face next.
The premiere will feature eight qualifying fights with each subsequent episode showcasing at least one fight. The finale will be telecast live on Spike, with the winner moving on to an upcoming tournament.
Spike TV will telecast 10, one-hour episodes of “Fight Master: Bellator MMA.” Production begins in early February in Louisiana.
Bellator announcer Jimmy Smith will serve as host.
“As the fighters’ control their own destiny, they will need to utilize strategy in and out of the cage if they want to succeed and advance each week,” said Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV. “The stakes are high and the wrong decision, whether it is picking an opponent you don’t match up well against or a coach and fight camp that you don’t work well with, can mean all the difference.”
Spike is holding the show’s debut date and time slot under lock and key.