Episode eight of Bellator's new mixed martial arts (MMA) reality show "Fight Master" hits the airwaves tonight (Thurs., Aug. 15, 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 Elite Eight.
Fight Master was moved to Thursday night's following TNA Impact Wrestling after last week's significant drop in ratings.
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 were whittled down to 16 competitors, but that's when things get interesting. The twist is that each winning fighter had the 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.
Fighter results thus far: * = advanced,
failed to advance
Evan Cutts *
Jason Norwood Ismael Gonzalez
Nick Barnes * Chris Lozano * Mike Dubois
Joe Williams *
We're down to the final eight fighters and the coaches get together to reseed them.
Here's how the seeding breaks down:
1. Joe Riggs
2. Cole Williams
3. Nick Barnes
4. Evan Cutts
5. Chris Lozano
6. Eric Bradley
7. Joe Williams
8. Mike Bronzoulis
Cole Williams picks Nick Barnes for the first fight of the quarterfinals.
Quarterfinal Round Fight #1: Cole Williams (Team Couture) vs Nick Barnes (Team Shamrock)
Williams LEVELS Barnes with his first punch. He swarms him and Barnes desperately tries to scramble to his feet but Williams drops him again and the ref puts a stop to it. Wow that was quick!
Cole Williams defeats Nick Barnes via TKO (strikes) in about 20 seconds
Quarterfinal Round Fight #2: Mike Bronzoulis (Team Couture) vs Chris Lozano (Team Shamrock)
Lozano goes for a takedown quickly and gets it. Bronzoulis tries to scramble but Lozano takes his back and has both hooks in. Bronzoulis eventually turns into him and they clinch standing. Bronzoulis has Lozano pressed into the fence. Bronzoulis clocks Lozano with a fe nice punches and Lozano backs straight up, eating a few more. Lozano plants and responds with some nice strikes before hunching over and attempting a single leg takedown but he doesn't get it. Bronzoulis turns it on in the final minute to potentially win the round.
Bronzoulis pushes forward and eats a few short strikes from Lozano. Bronzoulis grabs a reverse body lock and pushes Lozano into the fence, throwing short knees before Lozano pushes him off. Nice leg kick from Bronzoulis and Lozano throws a big flurry to back him off. Lozano looks for a takedown but can't get it and they trade big punches and kicks. Both men are brawling to the final minute and Lozano secures a takedown briefly. They go to a third overtime round and Bronzoulis forced Lozano to move backwards the entire time and landed some good strikes to help him earn a decision.
Mike Bronzoulis defeats Chris Lozano via unanimous decision