Fight Master: Bellator MMA, a variation of the UFC’s The Ultimate Fighter, comes out this summer according to Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney.
The show has 32 welterweights competing for a spot in their fall tournament. Each coach will lead four separate camps as the fighters live and train onsite. The fighters are allowed to choose their camp and opponent. They will feature two round fights.
“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 for original series for Spike. “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.”
One of the coaches will be former UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture. Other names include championship coach Greg Jackson., former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Shamrock and former Bellator champion Joe Warren.
The premiere episode will feature eight qualifying fights. After that, at least one fight per show occurs culminating in a live season finale on Spike TV.