When Chuck Champion came out of hiding to announce the sale of certain ProElite assets to Strikeforce, he mentioned that he’d still be overseeing King of the Cage and a MMA-related reality show. I figured the show would end up being a pilot no one would see, but it seems like MTV has picked up the show for later this year:
The concept of the show, originally reported by MMAInsider in October as an Elite XC-helmed venture produced by reality kingpin Mark Burnett, involves singling out town bullies to fight with professional fighters for cash.
Enter professional bullies Shields, Denny, and Heun. Shields tells MMAInsider that former Elite executive Jeremy Lappen recruited them to appear on the show, and Shields was a part of its pilot in December. “I get to be a good guy bully,” he said. “It’s pretty cool.” Shields will log two days on the show’s set and will appear on two of its eight episodes, scheduled to debut sometime this summer.
Show contestants will have 2 rounds with the professional fighters–one 3-minute round of grappling and one 3-minute round of kickboxing with pads and headgear. Alas, Shields and co. are not allowed to elbow the lions-turned-lambs on the ground.
When we first got wind of this show we thought it was about the worst idea ever and it hasn’t exactly grown on me over the past few months. For some reason, watching professional fighters beating on completely outmatched opponents doesn’t really interest me. I got my fill of that when ProElite was still throwing events.