The season finale of Bellator's new mixed martial arts (MMA) reality show "Fight Master" hits the airwaves tonight (Thurs., Aug. 29, 2013) on Spike TV, featuring four coaches in Randy Couture, Greg Jackson, Frank Shamrock and Joe Warren.
MMAmania.com will be here live tonight at 11 p.m. ET to cover the sixth 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 Final Four.
Fight Master was moved from Wednesday to Thursday nights following TNA Impact Wrestling to hopefully have a better lead-in.
If you're expecting a knockoff of Ultimate Fighting Championship (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
Tim Welch Eric Bradley ** Bryan Travers
Joe Riggs ***
Eric Scallon Evan Cutts * Jason Norwood Ismael Gonzalez
Nick Barnes * Chris Lozano * Mike Dubois Joe Williams *
A.J. Matthews Cole Williams ** Cristiano Souza
Mike Bronzoulis ***
Round of Four Fight #1: Joe Riggs (Team Jackson) vs Cole Williams (Team Culture)
Riggs comes out strong, initiating a clinch and working Williams over with dirty boxing on the inside. Big knee from Riggs and he drags Williams to the canvas. Riggs tries to store on the ground but Williams is defending himself well and work his way back to his feet. Another clinch from Riggs and he stays strong until the round concludes.
Williams has a sense of urgency and takes Riggs down early in the round. Riggs is active off his back but can't work back to his feet and Williams is able to stay on top until time expires.
They go to a third round but Williams is just too spent after his hard work in the second round and Riggs just outhustles him and steals it, although Williams made it close.
Joe Riggs defeats Cole Williams via split decision
Round of Four Fight #2: Eric Bradley (Team Jackson) vs Mike Bronzoulis (Team Couture)
Tentative start from both fighters, but Bradley eventually grabs a clinch and drags Bronzoulis to the canvas, occasionally passing guard and working from side control, mount and backmount, but he can't do a whole lot with the superior position.
Bradley looks tired in the second round but he scores a takedown early anyways, although Bronzoulis escapes to his feet after giving up his back. Bradley is continuing to pursue the takedown but Bronzoulis backs him off with strikes. Good shots from Bronzoulis and he drops some elbows that came from a potentially illegal angle but the ref doesn't call him out on it. Bradley is hurt from the elbows and Bronzoulis pours it on with punches and he forces referee intervention to advance to the finals.
Mike Bronzoulis defeats Eric Bradley via TKO in round two