MTV will broadcast a new mixed martial arts-themed program
beginning early in 2012, the network announced on Thursday.
"Caged," a docu-series which chronicles the lives of four young
adults in small-town Louisiana, will premiere beginning on Jan. 9
at 10 p.m. ET/PT on MTV. The show will also air internationally on
MTV channels around the world starting in May 2012.
"Caged" will follow four main characters who have recently
graduated from high school: Daniel, Wes, Red and Jessica. According
to the release, "the series will give an honest and powerful view
into the world of passionate MMA fighters and the women in their
lives, both inside and outside of the cage." MTV.com will have cast
information, full episodes and interviews for the series, which is
produced by Joke Fincioen and Biagio Messina of Joke Productions.
Dave Sirulnick and Amy Bailey will serve as MTV's executive
producers for the series.
Owned by the media conglomerate Viacom, MTV Networks has gradually
added to its MMA programming content in recent years. "Bully
Beatdown," the reality show hosted by "Ultimate Fighter 14" coach
Miller, has aired three seasons on MTV. The
Bellator Fighting Championships began showing its events on
MTV2 in March, though the promotion is expected to move to Spike
beginning in 2013.