Remember the Fighting Fedor reality show that’s been rumored for quite some time now? Last we heard, M-1 Global, Fedor’s management team, had signed a deal with Blue Entertainment Sports Television to distribute the show later this year. Well, now it looks like M-1 has recruited Donald Trump and Affliction for the project as well.
As Michael David Smith of MMA Fanhouse reports, Donald Trump will continue his reality show hosting duties as one of the front men for Fighting Fedor.
Trump is one of the front men for the new show Fighting Fedor, a reality show that has been in the discussion phase for about year but is now, supposedly, finally coming to fruition. The show will feature a group of heavyweight mixed martial arts fighters who will compete for the right to fight the best heavyweight in the world, Fedor Emelianenko.
The reality show partnership, which includes Affliction as a producer, plus a long-term contract extension between M-1 Global, Fedor and Affliction is expected to be announced tomorrow at a press conference in New York City.
I have to be honest, when I first heard the news of the Fighting Fedor concept, I thought it was pretty ridiculous. Obviously, a reality show winner isn’t going to beat Fedor. It’s essentially sending a cow out for slaughter. However, that was before Affliction and Donald Trump got involved, and there was a chance that this could be broadcast to an American audience.
While those of us “in the know,” understand what’s really going on here, we have to remember this show is for the people who have no idea who Fedor is. If a mainstream audience can buy into the hype that Kimbo Slice is an elite mixed martial artist, then I don’t have any doubts that they’ll believe a fighter they just watched for eight weeks can go beat up some Russian dude whom they’ve never seen before.
The questions are what network will this show be broadcast on and how visible will it be. Are we talking FSN or HDNet here? If so, they might as well not even bother. Or are we talking something much bigger? The only inclination I have that this may end up on a highly visible network is that Donald Trump is putting his face on it. I doubt he will settle for hosting some reality show on a network where it’ll only garner 100,000 viewers. In fact, I would be willing to bet that if they don’t land a major broadcast deal for the show, either it doesn’t hit the airwaves, or it hits them without Trump. We’ll have to wait and see.
I’m keeping an open mind on this one. It’s certainly not something I’m looking forward to, but if it’s effective in exposing Fedor to the mainstream audience, then hey, why not? I can handle watching him fight another can if it leads to bigger things. Just as long as he continues to fight the Sylvia’s and Arlovski’s of the world.