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Thread: Spike TV Considering Alvarez, Chandler, Rampage and Ortiz for 'Fight Master' Season 2

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    Default Spike TV Considering Alvarez, Chandler, Rampage and Ortiz for 'Fight Master' Season 2

    Spike TV Considering Alvarez, Chandler, Rampage and Ortiz for 'Fight Master' Season 2

    Spike TV's "Fight Master" might not be dead after all.

    The cable network is currently holding internal discussions about filming a second season of the show with new Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez, Michael Chandler, Quinton Jackson and Tito Ortiz serving as coaches, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. Randy Couture has also been discussed as the new host of the show, replacing Jimmy Smith.

    Sources say the second season hasn't been greenlit yet, but the network is expected to make a decision in the next few weeks. The show would air before the third Alvarez vs. Chandler fight, which is expected to take place in 2014.

    "Fight Master"'s inaugural season aired over the summer to mixed reviews and ratings. The coaches were Couture, Greg Jackson, Frank Shamrock and Joe Warren. Veteran Joe Riggs won the reality show by defeating Mike Bronzoulis via unanimous decision earlier this month.

    Following Bellator 106, CEO Bjorn Rebney sounded pessimistic about the future of the reality show.

    "We've had a few different discussions about what would happen," Rebney said. "If it's going to come back, what it looks like if it comes back, what changes would be made, what wouldn't be made.

    "Reality fight TV is having its difficulties right now," said Rebney. "You can see it in the UFC's ratings, they're having the lowest-rated TUF they've had in the history of the show. Reality TV on the fight front is not an easy nut to crack to draw huge viewership right now. But we're getting good numbers on the live events. So we'll see. I don't know."
    I liked the first season of Fight Master and would support having Alvarez and Chandler as coaches. I could care less about Rampage and Tito.

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    I liked Tito as a coach on TUF, but both I'd hazard that the sport has largely passed him by. Meanwhile, Rampage has zero commitment to anything and I wouldn't invest a goddamn thing into him past simple fights.

    Eddie is great because he's charismatic, well spoken, experienced and has his Blackzillian connections to bring some star power and Chandler's could use the exposure and bringing in guys like Del Fiero and the Alliance guys would be great too.

    But I wonder how smart it would be to give Eddie such air time and publicity if, win or lose, he's most likely ZUFFA bound?

    The show bombed in ratings and unless they use it as a vehicle to get new personalities over(Riggs and Bronzilius aren't spring chickens), I really don't know if the upside is really there. Then again, look at what they've invested in the 37 year old Joe Warren already, rather than say younger rostered talents like Schlemenko, Ward, Weedman, Keslar, Rickels, Jansen, so I'm not sure what they're looking for.

    Also of note, I don't see Tito ever fighting again. I don't think he's physically capable of making it through a camp and think they'd be better suited to throw money at Frank to do a Frank/Ken show down for their next PPV build.

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    Yet another horrible idea by a bunch of doofuses.
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