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
Vancouver, British Columbia
San Diego, CA
Las Vegas, NV
East St. Louis, IL
Los Angeles, CA
San Diego, CA
Newcastle, United Kingdom
Fort Hood, TX
San Manuel, AZ
Lake Charles, LA
Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
Great Falls, MT
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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