Starting next year, Spike TV will lose all of its rights to UFC content, but they'll be the home for Bellator as a replacement. It's easily one of the bigger moves for Bellator to be on a channel accustomed to airing MMA (well ... UFC) for the last 7 years instead of on MTV2. One of the plans for 2013 is a reality show, and today Spike announced in an official press release some of the early details on the tryouts.
Here are some of the key points:
- The tryouts are for lightweights (155 lbs) and welterweights (170 lbs).
- Minimum Age: 21
- Fighters must have at least 3 pro wins and they cannot have an overall record of .500 or worse. Those running for public office aren't eligible (no joke).
- Tryouts will take place on November 10th at the American Top Team gym.
That's all the important information for now. According to Spike, additional details about the show itself will be announced at a later date. It will be interesting to see what the show's format will look like, and honestly I'm hoping it's something that is different from The Ultimate Fighter and is at least creative enough to garner some interest.