Spike inks Couture to development deal, sets two MMA-related projects

by Lesley Goldberg |

Spike TV is getting back into the ring with Randy "The Natural" Couture.

The male-skewing cable network has inked the Mixed Martial Arts and Ultimate Fighting Championship Hall of Famer to a two-year development deal and green-lighted two unscripted entries to series, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.

Under the pact, Couture -- a multiple UFC Heavyweight (and Lightweight) champion and The Expendables actor -- will serve as one of four coaches on a Voice-like series for the network called Fight Master: Bellator MMA and a Kitchen Nightmares-style series dubbed MMA Rescue

Fight Master will see Couture join fellow coaches Greg Jackson, Frank Shamrock and Joe Warren as they oversee 32 up-and-coming fighters looking to fight their way through a win-or-go-home format into the Bellator tournament and a six-figure cash prize.

MMA Rescue, meanwhile, will see Couture use his years of experience in the business of MMA to help turn failing gyms into successful businesses. The three-episode series is in the same vein as Spike's Bar Rescue and Tattoo Rescue and will be produced by Couture, his manager (Samuel Spira) and Chris Coelen's Kinetic Content (Betty White's Off Their Rockers, Hardcore Pawn). Production on MMA Rescue will likely begin after Fight Master wraps.

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shootfightermike site profile image  

2/5/13 11:42 PM by shootfightermike

will watch

ssj site profile image  

2/5/13 11:31 PM by ssj

Fight Master sounds leetgood set of coaches

SJBenoist site profile image  

2/5/13 9:50 PM by SJBenoist

TUF (2005) took it's idea from WWE Tough Enough (2001) It's not like they are stealing an original idea :)

herculestex1 site profile image  

2/5/13 4:40 PM by herculestex1

even though intially sounding cheesy, i like the idea of mma being thought about and being used, actually

Media Monster site profile image  

2/5/13 2:02 PM by Media Monster

No original show ideas here - And being that summer is the safest and cheapest time to premiere a new series, it sound like Spike is also being a tad cautious.   "Fight Master will be The Voice - like"?  outside of multiple coaches (as opposed to 2) I'm curious what cheesy spin they'll put on the show.

comstock2491 site profile image  

2/5/13 1:47 PM by comstock2491

So much so, they had to sell one of the e's in extreme.

Heel Hooker site profile image  

2/5/13 1:32 PM by Heel Hooker

Isn't extreme couture in the shitter right now?

rockwell site profile image  

2/5/13 1:30 PM by rockwell

Ruh Roh

damnyouwoman14 site profile image  

2/5/13 1:29 PM by damnyouwoman14

Originality at its finest.

Chris27 site profile image  

2/5/13 1:27 PM by Chris27

That sounds pretty bad, so its a Voice/TUF rip off and a Bar Rescue rip off show? Good to see SPike guys coming up with new ideas, lol.and the mma, Fight Master? I dont know about anyone else but this seems like a major step backwards for Spike.