UFC vet Joe Riggs among welterweight cast announced for Bellator's 'Fight Master' MMA reality show on Spike TV

32 welterweights will battle for a spot in the Bellator MMA Tournament as well as a $100,000 prize under the tutelage of "Fight Master" coaches Randy Couture, Greg Jackson, Frank Shamrock, and Joe Warren. Series premieres on Wednesday, June 19 at 10 p.m. ET on Spike TV.

Spike TV has finally announced the welterweight cast for its debut season of "Fight Master," which includes Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) veteran Joe Riggs among the 32 contestants vying for a spot in the upcoming Bellator 170-pound tournament.

Along with a cool $100,000 payday.

Bellator's "Fight Master," which has evolved from Spike TV's original Ultimate Fighter (TUF) combat sports reality show (now on FX), will be coached by mixed martial arts (MMA) notables Randy Couture, Greg Jackson, Frank Shamrock, and Joe Warren.

This is who they'll be instructing.

Marcus "Lelo" Aurelio
Age: 26
Record: 6-2-0
Vancouver, British Columbia
Twitter: @barraozinho

Nick Barnes
Age: 22
Record: 5-0-0
San Diego, CA
Twitter: @Nick_phoenix170

Eric Bradley
Age: 31
Record: 5-1-0
Las Vegas, NV
Twitter: @ericbradleymma

Mike Bronzoulis
Age: 34
Record: 15-5-1
Houston, TX
Twitter: @thegreekmikeb

Frank Carrillo
Age: 29
Record: 6-3-0
Miami, FL
Twitter: @CarrilloMMA

Darryl Cobb
Age: 32
Record: 6-6-0
East St. Louis, IL
Twitter: @devistatdarryl

Christopher Curtis
Age: 25
Record: 7-2-0
Cincinnati, OH
Twitter: @TheActionman513

Evan Cutts
Age: 22
Record: 5-1-0
Dallas, TX
Twitter: @TheButcherCutts

Mike Dubois
Age: 30
Record: 3-0-0
Thomasville, GA
Twitter: @zombiemikemma

Tom Gallicchio
Age: 26
Record: 16-8-0
Howell, NJ
Twitter: @TomDaTank5

Ismael Gonzalez
Age: 32
Record: 11-10-0
Los Angeles, CA
Twitter: @Ismael_mma

Gareth Joseph
Age: 28
Record: 9-5-0
San Diego, CA
Twitter: @garethjoseph

Chris Lozano
Age: 30
Record: 9-3-0
Cleveland, OH
Twitter: @CLE_assassin

AJ Matthews
Age: 24
Record: 5-2-0
Carlsbad, CA
Twitter: @AJ_MMA

Rob Mills
Age: 35
Record: 8-2-0
Newcastle, United Kingdom
Twitter: @robmillsmma

Steve Montgomery
Age: 22
Record: 3-1-0
Florence, SC
Twitter: @WeaselSteve

Chip Moraza-Pollard
Age: 24
Record: 7-4-0
Plymouth, MA
Twitter: @chipthesurgeon

Brett Nakamura
Age: 30
Record: 6-1-0
Maui, HI

Jason Norwood
Age: 28
Record: 12-3-0
Fort Hood, TX
Twitter: @rightfight170

Dom O'Grady
Age: 31
Record: 15-5-1
Detroit, MI
Twitter: @Dom_OGrady

Jacob Ortiz
Age: 31
Record: 8-4-0
San Manuel, AZ
Twitter: @KobeTheStunna

Josh Quayhagen
Age: 26
Record: 6-1-0
Lake Charles, LA
Twitter: @JoshQuayhagen

Joe Riggs
Age: 30
Record: 39-14-0
Phoenix, AZ
Twitter: @DIESELRIGGSMMA

Eric Scallan
Age: 27
Record: 11-4-0
Lafayette, LA
Twitter: @EricScallan

Cristiano Souza
Age: 30
Record: 5-0-0
Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
Twitter: @SouzaSoldierBoy

Brendan Tierney
Age: 37
Record: 10-5-0
Queens, NY
Twitter: @Tiny_Shorts

Bryan Travers
Age: 29
Record: 13-3-0
Bakersfield, CA
Twitter: @BryanTravers

Andy Uhrich
Age: 27
Record: 8-3-0
Gering, NE
Twitter: @stunneruhrich

Tim Welch
Age: 22
Record: 8-4-0
Great Falls, MT
Twitter: @TimWelchMT

Cole Williams
Age: 30
Record: 5-1-0
Darian, WI
Twitter: @havocole

Joe Williams
Age: 27
Record: 7-1-0
Tustin, CA
Twitter: @jawmma

Artenas Young
Age: 32
Record: 9-5-0
Houston, TX
Twitter: @MachineGunYoung

Fight Master cast
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Despite being 39-14, Riggs is just 30 years old and has won five straight fights (with five straight finishes) on the regional circuit.

The coaches will break up the cast into four different camps (eight participants each). The fighters will also control their own destiny by choosing which camp to train with and which opponent to fight. The Spike TV Live Finale will crown a tournament winner, who gains entry into the next Bellator 170-pound tournament.

More on that here.

"Fight Master" will premiere on Weds., June 19, 2013 at 10 p.m. ET on Spike TV.

Will you watch?


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