Arab MMA reality show ‘Al Batal’ announces revamped format and production for second season

Arab MMA reality show ‘Al Batal' officially announced on Monday afternoon that the second season of the show would feature a complete revamp of…

By: Karim Zidan | 9 years ago
Arab MMA reality show ‘Al Batal’ announces revamped format and production for second season
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Arab MMA reality show ‘Al Batal’ officially announced on Monday afternoon that the second season of the show would feature a complete revamp of the series’ production. This will include changes in the coaches and the overall format of the show.

Al Batal (The Champion) is a reality show that provides fighters of Arabic origin with an opportunity to reach a larger audience and get one step closer to achieving their dreams. Not unlike The Ultimate Fighter, Al Batal features fighters split into two teams and taken through an intensive training program.

For show’s second season, Al Batal has recruited 12 passionate semi-pro fighters, 2 top MMA coaching teams in the region, 1 professional athletic conditioning team and implemented an “extensive training and nutrition program.”

The ‘Black’ team will be led by Ray Elbe, who is an American MMA veteran with a 25-11 record. He currently teaches at the Kuwait Combat Athletics nad is widley considered to be one of the top coaches in the region. He will be assited by Ole Laursen and Saphaprom Sohpaprom.

The ‘Yellow’ team will be headed by French-Algerian Mehdi Baghdad, who fights out of Team Quest in California. He holds a 9-3 professional record and had trained with the likes of Chael Sonnen, Dan Henderson and Tarec Saffiedine. Mehdi will be assisted by coaches Jorge Lopez and Cedric Escudero.

The show is scheduled to begin in the fall.

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Karim Zidan
Karim Zidan

Karim Zidan is a investigative reporter and feature writer focusing on the intersection of sports and politics. He has written for BloodyElbow since 2014 and has served as an associate editor since 2016. He also writes for The New York Times and The Guardian. Karim has been invited to speak about his work at numerous universities, including Princeton, and was a panelist at the South by Southwest (SXSW) film festival and the Oslo Freedom Forum. He also participated in the United Nations counter-terrorism conference in 2021. His reporting on Ramzan Kadyrov’s involvement in MMA, much of which was done for Bloody Elbow, has led to numerous award nominations, and was the basis of an award-winning HBO Real Sports documentary.

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