Episode six of Bellator's new mixed martial arts (MMA) reality show "Fight Master" hits the airwaves tonight (Weds., July 31, 2013) on Spike TV, featuring four coaches in Randy Couture, Greg Jackson, Frank Shamrock and Joe Warren.
MMAmania.com will be here live tonight to cover the third official episode of the show now that everyone has fought their way into the 16-man tournament. Stay tuned tonight to see who advances through the Sweet 16.
If you're expecting a knockoff of UFC and Spike's original brain child, The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), think again.
A group of 32 welterweights will be whittled down to 16 competitors, and that's when things get interesting. The twist is that each winning fighter will then have an opportunity to "choose their destiny" by interviewing and ultimately selecting one of the panel of four coaches to be their mentor for the upcoming season.
Each coach will have four fighters to specifically focus on through the course of the show, and from their history, you can expect some healthy competition. The coaches have also seeded all 16 fighters who advanced and the top seeds will get a chance to choose their destiny by having control of their next fight.
Fighters confirmed thus far: * = advanced,
failed to advance
Joe Riggs *
Jason Norwood Ismael Gonzalez
Round of 16 Fight #5 Tim Welch (Team Jackson) vs Nick Barnes (Team Shamrock)
Round one: Barnes throws an inside kick as both men circle sizing each other up. Welch steps in with a nice right hand. Body kick from Barnes and he throws a left hook to the body. Welch looking sharp here but he eats an eye poke and takes a few seconds to recover. Welch steps inside with a right hand but slips. Barnes tries to pounce but Welch fights his way back to his feet. Good right hand from Welch and Barnes shoots in for a takedown. Welch turtles and Barnes takes his back, locking in both hooks. Barnes sinks in a rear naked choke and Welch taps!
Nick Barnes defeats Tim Welch via submission (rear naked choke) in round one
Round of 16 Fight #6 Joe Riggs (Team Jackson) vs Eric Scallon (Team Warren)
They spend a significant amount of time talking about Riggs' huge weight cut down to 170 pounds. He does make weight, although admits it was one of his worst cuts.
Scallon circles on the outside and pushes Riggs into the fence after a couple short exchanges. Riggs reverses the position and they clinch in the cage center but Riggs takes him down, landing in side control. Scallon rolls and surprisingly takes top position, and throws a knee once he gets to his feet. Scallon shoots in for a takedown but Riggs stuffs it and presses him into the fence. Scallon reverses it and throws some knees to the legs. Scallon changes levels looking for a takedown but Riggs blasts him with a knee and hurts him. Scallon is hanging in there and pops Riggs with a couple up kicks from bottom. Riggs throws some punches from top position until time expires. Riggs took the first round but Scallon is hanging tough.
Scallon shoots in for a takedown and briefly puts Riggs down. Scallon is relentless but Riggs fires back with a knee. Riggs drags Scallon to the ground and he postures up, dropping a few punches. Riggs passes to side control and he's in solid position now. Riggs passes to north/south and Scallon retains guard but Riggs passes to side control. Riggs grabs an arm triangle and passes to side control to tighten the hold. Scallon fights out of the submission but can't escape the position as Riggs rides him out until time expires. Riggs should win the decision.
Joe Riggs defeats Eric Scallon via unanimous decision