“Fight Master”: A TUF Show To Beat

Tonight Spike / Bellator / Viacom (“SBV” for future reference) debuts its much anticipated new reality fight show called, “Fight Master

SBV’s new show is similar to TUF, yet not at the same time.

Like TUF, the show starts out with a cast of 32 which are quickly whittled down to 16. Also like TUF it is a round-robin format and yes, they live and train together in the same facility. However, that’s where the similarities come to an end.

Unlike TUF, fighters choose their coaches.

Also and unlike TUF, there are 4 coaches (and staffs) not 2.

The coaches that the competitors may choose from are an interesting and talented crew. From the four options available, a fighter may pick one of the following: Randy Couture, Greg Jackson, Frank Shamrock or Joe Warren.

At the end of each bout the victor is brought before the panel of 4 and he asks each a question regarding training and then selects a coach.

As there are 16 competitors and only 4 coaches, each team can be comprised of only 4 fighters. When a coach has been selected by 4 of the 16 combatants, the team is “closed” and the remaining fighters who have yet to select a coach, may (then) only select from the remaining “open” teams. On this value, Fight Master is more “The Voice” than TUF.

Another significant difference between FM and TUF will be the focus of the show, itself. Where TUF places heavy emphasis on the goings-on in the house, Fight Master looks to focus on the training and the techniques taught in the gym and not any antics in the house.

Resultantly, it seems to be a show that’s been geared more toward the discerning harder-core MMA fan, than the casual one.

The shows payout for the eventual winner is 100K, a spot in the Bellator tournament and the Fight Master title.

All-in-all and from what I saw of the show’s promo material, it looks to be a better show than TUF; even in terms of its production values.

Here’s hoping that SBV has success with the show and that they continue to stoke the fire in the MMA wars.

Don’t forget, it’s 10 p.m. ET on Spike.



  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Entity/ Entity

    We'll see Dana's smirk of "doesnt bother me"………
    We know having Jackson, Randy and Shamrock all there will definitely get under Dana's skin no matter how he plays it off.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Brian-Cox/ Brian Cox

      E…if you look at the crew minus Joe Warren, it's almost as if SBV sat down and asked themselves, who..out of everyone out there…can we get and build a show around, that would PO the UFC and Dana White…and the answer came back, Couture, Jackson and Shamrock.

      Quoting Sun Tzu:

      "If your opponent is of choleric temper, seek to irritate him."

      • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Krogan/ Krogan

        I must assume that Tito turned down a coaching spot in this show due to his issues at home, would have been fun.

        • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Brian-Cox/ Brian Cox

          Yeah, Tito would have rounded the whole thing out nicely.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/ShenronRage/ ShenronRage

    Finally I can watch a show where fighters are fighters and not some drama queens.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Brian-Cox/ Brian Cox

      It's a vastly more entertaining show (IMO) and you can tell it's going to be informative, as well.

      If I was sitting in a room with a bunch of buddies and the two options were Fight Master or TUF….I'd be voting for Fight Master.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Akieyugames/ akieyugames

      true dat!

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Timbo613/ timbo613

    This show look's like it ****'s.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Entity/ Entity

      clarify please….Im assuming you typed S.U.C.KS, since most of your comments are totally opposite of my opinions.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/HunterB/ HunterB

    **** you Greg Jackson!

    • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Entity/ Entity

      LoL

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Thexperience1/ thexperience1

    It's a little too soon to say what show is better… I need to see more!

    • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Thexperience1/ thexperience1

      I do have to add, I did like what i've seen so far….!

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Entity/ Entity

    Seems Bjorn and Randy get along just fine. 8))

    • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Thexperience1/ thexperience1

      Yep…. Bjorn is gonna kiss and literally **** the sh*t out of Randy's *** for eternity… Having Couture on board brings a certain "legitimacy" to his brand. He'll do anything to keep that relationship SOLID!

      • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Brian-Cox/ Brian Cox

        I agree 100% with your legitimacy comment. Both Rand and Greg bring a certain "heft" to the show. They made it instantaneously and brought their fans bases with them to the show.

        As the show's focus is on the training camps, I'm looking forward to watching. I've said this for years about TUF…the show is in the gym, not the house.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Entity/ Entity

    I'd like to see an honest list from Dana called "Things I would have done differently if I could"