Spike TV Announces Cast for First Season of Fight Master: Bellator MMA
Thirty-two welterweight fighters will compete on the show as they gun for a $100,000 prize and a slot in a future Bellator tournament.
The show will be headed up by four coaches, including former UFC champion and Hall of Famer Randy Couture, former UFC and Strikeforce champ Frank Shamrock, former Bellator champion Joe Warren and famed coach Greg Jackson.
The 32 fighters in the cast will have control over their own destinies on the new reality show as they will pick which coach they work with during the season as well as choose which opponents they face on the show.
The first three episodes of the series will feature qualifying bouts and then the season kicks into high gear, with the tournament unraveling as the season progresses all the way to a live finale that will air later this year on Spike TV.
Without further ado, here is the cast list for Fight Master: Bellator MMA:
Vancouver, British Columbia
San Diego, CA
Las Vegas, NV
East St. Louis, IL
Los Angeles, CA
San Diego, CA
Newcastle, United Kingdom
Fort Hood, TX
San Manuel, AZ
Lake Charles, LA
Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
Great Falls, MT
A few of the notable names on the list include former UFC welterweight title contender Joe Riggs, who comes to the show with a wealth of experience and starts day one as the most veteran fighter in the competition.
Chris Lozano will get another shot to prove himself to Bellator after fighting in the promotion five times in the past. Lozano lost his last two fights in the promotion, however, and now hopes to earn his way back as part of the reality show.
American Top Team prospect Steve Montgomery also joins the cast and actually has an eight-second knockout to his record over Ultimate Fighter season 16 winner Colton Smith.
Fight Master: Bellator MMA will debut on Spike TV on June 19, with 10 episodes expected to run for the inaugural season of the reality show.
Damon Martin is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report.
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