“Bellator should make a reality show,” has been a suggestion made by many a fan, given further impetus when it was announced last year that the US promotion had signed a deal with Spike TV.
Spike TV is of course the former home of the UFC and is where The Ultimate Fighter series first aired. Fourteen of its sixteen seasons were broadcast on Spike TV before the UFC parted ways with the Viacom-owned network and signed with FOX.
Now the UFC has TUF 15 airing on FX and TUF Brasil airing on Globo in Brazil, but the powers-that-be at Spike TV think there is room for another MMA reality show on their channel to fill the gap that TUF has left.
And so today it was announced that Spike TV will be producing an eight-part reality show under the direction of the eight-time Emmy Award winner Bertram van Munster. The show is apparently not going to mirror The Ultimate Fighter in format.
No further details are available apart from the fact that it will air in 2013, the same time as Spike TV begins airing Bellator events live (currently they air on Spike.com)
“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,” van Munster was quoted as saying in today’s Spike TV announcement.