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Budhisten 02-05-2013 02:19 PM

All you need to know about Bellator's reality shows starring Randy Couture
 
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The network has picked up 10 episodes of competition series "Fight Master: Bellator MMA" and three of "MMA Rescue," both featuring the Hall of Famer.

Spike TV is getting back into the ring with Randy "The Natural" Couture.

The male-skewing cable network has inked the Mixed Martial Arts and Ultimate Fighting Championship Hall of Famer to a two-year development deal and green-lighted two unscripted entries to series, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.

Under the pact, Couture -- a multiple UFC Heavyweight (and Lightweight)[Budhi note: THE **** HOLLYWOOD REPORTER?] champion and The Expendables actor -- will serve as one of four coaches on a Voice-like series for the network called Fight Master: Bellator MMA and a Kitchen Nightmares-style series dubbed MMA Rescue.

"He has an adventurous spirit and is a well-intentioned human being that when we thought of what else we were going to do on Spike, his name was the only thing that came to my mind as someone we had to be in business with," Spike executive vp original programming Sharon Levy tells THR. "At Spike, all our talent are experts in their field, and Randy is at the top of his game."

Fight Master will see Couture join fellow coaches Greg Jackson, Frank Shamrock and Joe Warren as they oversee 32 up-and-coming fighters looking to fight their way through a win-or-go-home format into the Bellator tournament and a six-figure cash prize.

The Amazing Race creators Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri, via their Profiles Television Productions banner, are on board to executive produce the series. Spike has ordered 10 hour-long episodes of Fight Master, which will likely bow in the summer.

MMA Rescue, meanwhile, will see Couture use his years of experience in the business of MMA to help turn failing gyms into successful businesses. The three-episode series is in the same vein as Spike's Bar Rescue and Tattoo Rescue and will be produced by Couture, his manager (Samuel Spira) and Chris Coelen's Kinetic Content (Betty White's Off Their Rockers, Hardcore Pawn). Production on MMA Rescue will likely begin after Fight Master wraps.

Couture's deal also includes a first-look at new projects in a number of content categories, with Spike open to non-sports efforts and Levy not ruling out a scripted venture. "We're looking at everything we can do with him, some will be sports related and some won't -- because Randy is a movie star," she said.

The news continues Spike's relationship with Couture, who did an episode of the network's reality competition series Pros vs. Joes, pitting pro athletes against amateur athletes, and served as a co-host early on the network's The Ultimate Fighter.

"I'm excited to be back at Spike. I had an amazing experience on Ultimate Fighter when it started, and Spike is a tremendous platform for MMA," Couture tells THR. "It feels like I'm coming home."

Couture, meanwhile, will continue to explore his theatrical career and will next appear in The Expendables 3, due out later this year. His acting credits also include The Set Up and CBS' The Unit. The best-selling author also owns a chain of gyms, an MMA clothing line and a nutritional supplement company and serves as a commentator on Fox's UFC fights.

For Spike, the deal puts the cabler back in the ring after its Ultimate Fighter franchise moved to FX after 14 seasons on the network.
Source: Hollywood Reporter

hellholming 02-05-2013 02:31 PM

sounds good!

Hammerlock2.0 02-05-2013 02:33 PM

[Hammer note: AWESOME!] :p

onip69 02-05-2013 03:05 PM

Greg Jackson, Couture, Shamrock and Warren to coach Spike TV Bellator reality show
 
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Greg Jackson, Randy Couture, Frank Shamrock and Joe Warren to coach Spike TV Bellator MMA reality show



Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Bellator's new MMA reality show on Spike TV will feature four coaches: Randy Couture, Frank Shamrock, Joe Warren and Greg Jackson. Couture and Shamrock are former UFC champions. Warren is a former Bellator champ and Greg Jackson is the current coach of UFC champs Jon Jones and Georges St. Pierre.


We posted last week that UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture has signed a deal to coach Bellator's upcoming MMA reality show on Spike TV. Now Hollywood Reporter has reported who the other coaches will be:


Fight Master will see Couture join fellow coaches Greg Jackson, Frank Shamrock and Joe Warren as they oversee 32 up-and-coming fighters looking to fight their way through a win-or-go-home format into the Bellator tournament and a six-figure cash prize.

The Amazing Race creators Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri, via their Profiles Television Productions banner, are on board to executive produce the series. Spike has ordered 10 hour-long episodes of Fight Master, which will likely bow in the summer.

In light of Dana White's furious reaction to Couture's decision to participate in the Bellator reality show, it will be very interesting indeed to see how he responds to Greg Jackson's decision to appear on the Spike show. Dana has announced that Randy Couture will not be allowed to corner fighters on UFC events (although some have questioned if they even have the power to make that decision).

It will be very interesting to see if the UFC blocks or attempts to block Jackson from cornering his fighters in future UFC events. Jackson coaches UFC Light Heavyweight champ Jon Jones and Welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre among many others.

White has made no secret of his loathing of Jackson, calling him a "f**king sport killer" after he advised Jon Jones to turn down a short notice fight against Chael Sonnen which forced the cancellation of UFC 151.

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dudeabides 02-05-2013 03:18 PM

I think it will be interesting because of the MMA, but hope it's not exactly the same as TUF (32 man tournament for six-figures). But the chooose everything yourself thing is new:

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Spike TV announced today that mixed martial arts legend Randy Couture has signed on to a multi-year creative partnership that will begin with "Fight Master: Bellator MMA".

"Fight Master: Bellator MMA" will feature four camps and will look at the harsh realities that go along with the dedication to becoming a world class fighter. Couture will coach opposite Greg Jackson, Frank Shamrock, and Joe Warren as 32 welterweight fighters battle for a spot in a Bellator tournament and a cash prize of $100,000. Bellator announcer Jimmy Smith will host.

Fighters will control their own destiny on "Fight Master: Bellator MMA", choosing which camp to train with and which opponent they want to fight.

"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", said Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV.

Contestants come from all parts of the country from multiple economic and ethnic backgrounds, all with the same goals – learning from the sport's best trainers, earning a spot in the Bellator MMA tournament, and of course, the cash prize.

Couture will also be a part of "MMA Rescue", where he will use his years of experience running a successful chain of MMA gyms to help get failing gyms up off the mat.
"Fight Master: Bellator MMA", from the makers of "The Amazing Race", premieres this summer on Spike.


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LL 02-06-2013 12:35 AM

MMA Rescue: The Blackzilians.

It is a little funny that Randy is gonna go around and show people how to save their gyms when Kampmann and Hierion are pretty much the only guys still left at Xtreme Couture, Forrest might still be there but Chandler left, Gray left, Mir does his own thing so he can be with his kids, Pyle does his own thing, a lot of guys have left.

hellholming 02-06-2013 12:40 AM

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Originally Posted by TheLyotoLegion (Post 1778066)
MMA Rescue: The Blackzilians.

It is a little funny that Randy is gonna go around and show people how to save their gyms when Kampmann and Hierion are pretty much the only guys still left at Xtreme Couture, Forrest might still be there but Chandler left, Gray left, Mir does his own thing so he can be with his kids, Pyle does his own thing, a lot of guys have left.

I think they are referring to amateurs and getting new people to start training in the gyms.

No_Mercy 02-06-2013 12:57 AM

All I want to know is if they're going to show highlights of Lyoto kicking his head off. Every person in the bar jumped when that happened. Ka pow!

FUN FACT: It only took approximately 27 years for life to imitate art.

ANOTHER FUN FACT: Keisuke Miyagi was Yoshizo Machida's sensei.

FINAL FUN FACT: Master Steven Seagal was Keisuke Miyagi's sensei.


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