So, you want to be an Ultimate Fighter? Well, how about becoming a Bellator brawler instead? On Tuesday, Spike TV and Bellator Fighting Championships announced they are creating an unscripted mixed martial arts reality show in 2013.
The one-hour series will showcase fighters from Bellator. Other than that, details of the show will be held under lock and key until later this year.
Hmm, haven’t we seen an MMA reality show on Spike TV before? Ah, that’s right. The UFC hosted 14 successful editions of “The Ultimate Fighter” on the network prior to jumping to FX this season.
To help spice things up for their latest venture, Spike recruited eight-time Emmy Award winner Bertram van Munster, the visionary behind CBS’ “The Amazing Race,” to serve as the show’s executive producer.
“Some of the most physically-gifted and fascinating athletes in the world fight in Bellator, and I believe they make ideal subjects for an innovative new non-scripted series,” said van Munster.
Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney (Pictured) couldn’t be more pleased about the prospects of their show, especially since they were able to ink one of the world’s most highly regarded producers.
“We are thrilled to partner with an industry legend such as van Munster, whose creativity and ingenuity will help expose Bellator to an expanded new audience next year on Spike,” stated Rebney.
Due to Spike’s lingering contract with the UFC, Bellator can’t move its live shows to Spike TV until 2013. Bellator events currently air on MTV2, while the prelims stream on Spike.com. However, Spike TV will serve as Bellator’s primary home for content in 2013.