Fighting Championships’ rumored reality show now has a heavy
hitter on board.
Spike TV announced Tuesday that it has partnered with “The Amazing
Race” co-creator Bertram van Munster to produce a non-scripted
series for the Chicago-based fight promotion that will debut in
2013. Network officials announced that the Emmy winner will serve
as an executive producer for the series.
“Some of the most physically gifted and fascinating athletes in the
world fight in Bellator,” said van Munster in an official release.
“I believe they make ideal subjects for an innovative new
Plans for the show were first revealed in November by Spike TV
President Kevin Kay. Details regarding the series’ format have not
yet been disclosed, but Kay told Sports Illustrated that the
program would not follow a similar format to Spike’s previous MMA
reality show, “The Ultimate Fighter.”
“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,” said Bjorn Rebney,
Currently, Bellator airs on MTV2, another Viacom-owned cable
station. The media conglomerate purchased a majority stake in
Bellator last year, and it was announced soon thereafter that Spike
TV would become the new home of the Chicago-based promotion in
Spike had previously partnered with the Ultimate Fighting
Championship, but the parties were unable to negotiate a new
contract last year. As a result, the UFC inked a new, seven-year
deal with Fox Networks. UFC programming will cease to air on Spike
at the end of this year, when the network’s right to rebroadcast
the UFC library expires.