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Veteran Joe Riggs Among 32 Contestants on Spike TV’s ‘Fight Master: Bellator MMA’

Written by Tom Ngo
May 6th, 2013
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I don’t know what’s more surprising, the fact Joe Riggs (furthest to the left) is one of the 32 welterweights competing in Spike TV’s “Fight Master: Bellator MMA,” or that the former UFC veteran is only 30 years old.

The inaugural season of the reality show brings together the 170-pounders for a spot in the Bellator MMA Tournament and a $100,000 payday. The series premieres Wednesday, June 19 at 10PM ET/PT.

MMA icons Randy Couture, Greg Jackson, Frank Shamrock and Joe Warren will serve as opposing coaches.

The concept of “Fight Master: Bellator MMA” is a tad different than the UFC’s long running “The Ultimate Fighter” in that the athletes control their own destiny. They will choose which camp to train with and which opponent they want to fight next.

Here is the show’s compete cast:

Marcus Aurelio
Age: 26
Record: 6-2-0
Vancouver, British Columbia

Nick Barnes
Age: 22
Record: 5-0-0
San Diego, CA

Eric Bradley
Age: 31
Record: 5-1-0
Las Vegas, NV

Mike Bronzoulis
Age: 34
Record: 15-5-1
Houston, TX

Frank Carrillo
Age: 29
Record: 6-3-0
Miami, FL

Darryl Cobb
Age: 32
Record: 6-6-0
East St. Louis, IL

Christopher Curtis
Age: 25
Record: 7-2-0
Cincinnati, OH

Evan Cutts
Age: 22
Record: 5-1-0
Dallas, TX

Mike Dubois
Age: 30
Record: 3-0-0
Thomasville, GA

Tom Gallicchio
Age: 26
Record: 16-8-0
Howell, NJ

Ismael Gonzalez
Age: 32
Record: 11-10-0
Los Angeles, CA

Gareth Joseph
Age: 28
Record: 9-5-0
San Diego, CA

Chris Lozano
Age: 30
Record: 9-3-0
Cleveland, OH

AJ Matthews
Age: 24
Record: 5-2-0
Carlsbad, CA

Rob Mills
Age: 35
Record: 8-2-0
Newcastle, United Kingdom

Steve Montgomery
Age: 22
Record: 3-1-0
Florence, SC

Chip Moraza-Pollard
Age: 24
Record: 7-4-0
Plymouth, MA

Brett Nakamura
Age: 30
Record: 6-1-0
Maui, HI

Jason Norwood
Age: 28
Record: 12-3-0
Fort Hood, TX

Dom O’Grady
Age: 31
Record: 15-5-1
Detroit, MI

Jacob Ortiz
Age: 31
Record: 8-4-0
San Manuel, AZ

Josh Quayhagen
Age: 26
Record: 6-1-0
Lake Charles, LA

Joe Riggs
Age: 30
Record: 39-14-0
Phoenix, AZ

Eric Scallan
Age: 27
Record: 11-4-0
Lafayette, LA

Cristiano Souza
Age: 30
Record: 5-0-0
Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Brendan Tierney
Age: 37
Record: 10-5-0
Queens, NY

Bryan Travers
Age: 29
Record: 13-3-0
Bakersfield, CA

Andy Uhrich
Age: 27
Record: 8-3-0
Gering, NE

Tim Welch
Age: 22
Record: 8-4-0
Great Falls, MT

Cole Williams
Age: 30
Record: 5-1-0
Darian, WI

Joe Williams
Age: 27
Record: 7-1-0
Tustin, CA

Artenas Young
Age: 32
Record: 9-5-0
Houston, TX

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