NBC To Air Women's MMA Reality Show

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Every channel is looking to fill holes in their programming with a reality show these days, and Sports based ones seem to be the most popular. Well NBC is getting in on the trend as well, and will be airing a women's MMA reality program this fall. Via Chicago MMA....

Ultimate Women’s Combat is a television show that focuses on 16 female Mixed Martial Arts fighters as they attempt to make a name for themselves in the rough and tumble world of professional cage fighting. Many of these combatants have been connected to male fighters and trainers their entire careers. It’s now time for them to step out of the shadows and into the fire! Throughout the show the audience will get to know these warriors not only as fighters but as women who have lives, responsibilities and experiences that extend beyond the cage. Ultimate Women’s Combat will delve deep into the lives of these women pulling from them the most intriguing details of what makes a female fighter. The weekly challenges will have the girls working closely with nationally recognized organizations to make the public aware of issues that have impacted our communities and the women themselves. Make no mistake, this is a fight show and there will be fights! At the end of the season the winners of the tournament will receive a major contract from a partnered fighting promotion. Ultimate Women’s Combat is not a fighting promotion and the creators do not intend to promote fights under the Ultimate Women’s Combat banner.

Bas Rutten and Maxim 100 model, Joanna Krupa will play hosts to the show. Also featured as coaches are #1 ranked fighter, Tara LaRosa, U.K. fighting sensation Rosi Sexton, Strike Force contender Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos and Jiu-jitsu legend Cesar Gracie. The 16 female fighters include Felice Herrig, Angela Magana, Angela Hayes, Melissa Steele, Roxy Richardson, Lauren Sugahara, Kerry Vera, Michelle Vera, Moroeles Coenen, Casey Noland, Molly Helsel, Vanessa Mariscal, Jessica Aguilar, Martha Benavides, and Kate McGray (fight roster subject to change).
Obviously they would be better served if they could pull Gina Carano, but this little program could be a hit. There's something about attractive women fighting each other, that guys seem to enjoy.

Felice Herrig's Upcoming Reality Show To Air On NBC (Chicago MMA)

Posted by Awful Announcing at 10:09 AM


Ugh, this is going to be awful. I'm surprised that NBC hasn't attached Layla Ali and Tiki Barber to this shit yet.

GMoney said...
May 21, 2009, 10:49:00 AM  

Thanks for the link. GMoney why do you think it's going to be awful?

The Zoner said...
May 21, 2009, 11:07:00 AM  

Sorry AA, but there is no way that this will be successful. NBC's insistence on gearing their sports coverage towards women has backfired.

Please see the Olympics. Every damn night it was gymnastics, swimming, and beach volleyball.

Now we've got women's MMA on network TV, which barely registers a blip on the radar.

I'm a huge MMA fan, Spike TV is my destination for all things UFC. Versus has some great WEC fights. But the majority of your MMA fans (even the novices) already know about all the world-class athletes beating the crap out of each other.

Don't we already have The Ultimate Fighter? Because this is basically what this new program is, but with 16 women instead of men, and without the most important part....an actual league that is on TV. TUF has the UFC and has produced several stars in the sport like Keith Jardine and Rashad Evans. There's no momentum going here for NBC's new show other than MMA destroying boxing in terms of "watchability" and ratings.

You can't just jump out of nowhere with a women's MMA reality TV show and not have at a minimum a women's league with some interest in the general population.

SSReporters said...
May 21, 2009, 11:26:00 AM  

NBC isn't airing this. It wasn't mentioned during the network's upfronts.

The press release issued by this promoter says it will be syndicated. So that means it's not a part of network programming for the Peacock.


Scott said...
May 21, 2009, 4:10:00 PM  

Attractive isn't something I'd call Cris Cyborg.

Christopher said...
May 21, 2009, 9:35:00 PM  
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