Fight Master: Bellator MMA launches its first season on Spike TV. The show will follow 32 welterweights as they vie for $100,000 and a shot in an upcoming Bellator tournament. MMAFrenzy will have continuing coverage of the burgeoning and innovative reality show until the show wraps up at the Bellator Season 9 premiere this September.
Mike Dubois and Rob Mills waste no time here, Mills lands a few nasty kicks but Dubois pushes the fight to the cage. Mills jumps a guillotine and it appears deep at first but Dubois blocks with his hand and eventually works out. After a few hard shots, Dubois lands his own guillotine and finishes the choke.
Shamrock is adamant about landing this kid and pushes hard to get him. It works out, as Dubois picks Team Shamrock. Shamrock made sure to put each of the other coaches down during the process and then dances a little jig after landing “The Zombie.” Team Shamrock only has one spot left now.
The second fight of the features Tom Gallicchio taking on Penn State wrestler Eric Bradley, who is looking for redemption after a 2008 arrest ended his wrestling career. Bradley dominates the fight from the start to finish with superior wrestling and striking. All coaches love the kid.
Bradley formerly trained with Xtreme Couture and admits he is leaning towards him. Bradley admits that he was in jail over a year ago and that’s why he disappeared from the Couture camp. Randy says Bradley needs more work on his submission game and he thinks a different camp would be a better fit. Bradley decides to join Team Jackson, a move that other coaches seem a little nervous about.
Brett Nakamura vs. Evan Cutts is the third fight of the night. After a brief exchange on their feet, Cutts takes Nakamura’s back and quickly submits him in a quick fight.
Cutts has a hard choice ahead of him. Joe Warren really likes the kid and Shamrock decides to try and push him off on Greg Jackson. Jackson likes the kid, but does not know enough from what he saw to make the choice. In the end, Cutts decides to join Team Warren.
Cole Williams vs. Joe Williams is up next. Joe controls the first with a relentless grappling attack but Cole battles back in the second with better striking. Cole lands a brutal right hand and while Joe survives, Cole lands the decision victory in a tough fight.
Shamrock again pushes Cole on Team Jackson, something Jackson does not mind at all, but Cole Williams decides to join Team Couture.
Jacob Ortiz vs. Jason Norwood is up next. Norwood’s takedowns are the story of the fight, as he controls the action with grappling and a nasty wild right hand. Ortiz tries to battle back and nearly lands a guillotine choke but can’t surmount the early deficit and drops the decision.
Warren really likes the clearly impressive Norwood and makes a hard push to land him. Norwood likes Warren but the coach’s lack of faith is off-putting for the religious fighter. The former West Point cadet decides to look past this however, and Norwood joins Team Warren.
A battle of teammates is set to close out the show as it is Cristiano Souza vs. Steve Montgomery. Souza, a capoeira fighter, finds his range early and often in this fight as he pounds Montgomery with strikes until the fight is called. Despite winning the fight, Souza is overcome with emotion after hurting his teammate.
Every coach pushes hard to land the impressive ATT member but ultimately Souza decides to join Team Couture.
That’s the last pick of the episode, as more fighters will take to the cage on next week’s episode of Fight Master: Bellator MMA.