Unleashing the beast
MMA reality show Al Batal is back and tougher than ever
Some of the region’s most potent fighters are coming out swinging in the second season of the popular reality show Al Batal (The Champion).
Al Batal just completed production of its second season due to premiere this fall on Fox Movies. The new season will feature a completely revamped format which focuses on gradually transforming Al Batal fighters into world class athletes.
The reality show is based on the sport of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and provides fighters of Arabic origin the opportunity to realise their dreams. Fighters are taken through an intensive training programme, led by carefully selected teams of professional coaches, as they compete against each other for prizes and bragging rights.
In its second season Al Batal has recruited 12 semi-pro fighters, two MMA coaching teams, one athletic conditioning team and implemented an extensive training and nutrition programme.
American Ray Elbe, heading the Black Team, is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and MMA veteran. Currently teaching at Kuwait Combat Athletics, Ray has been in the game for over 12 years and is considered one of the top MMA coaches in the region. French-Algerian Mehdi Baghdad (pictured) will be coaching the Yellow Team. Mehdi fights out of Team Quest in California.
He proved his worth as a fighter by becoming the lightweight WBC Muay Thai World Champion in 2011 as well as K-1 champion of France and Belgium
Stay tuned as all 12 fighters, eager to prove to the world they have what it takes to become the best, sweat it out to pursue their dream.