UFC fighters could be sent into SPACE for 'Zero-G' fights as part of new Galactic Combat with help of Elon Musk’s SpaceX
A NEW reality TV show is planning to send MMA fighters into SPACE- to crown the new out-of-this-world champion.
Italian film producer and entrepreneur Andrea Iervolino has revealed plans for the 'Galactic Combat' series, which could air as early as next year.
The show would enlist 40 MMA fighters and put them through a rigorous training regime, producing the top eight contestants to be shot into space.
They will then face off in a tournament of Zero-G fights during a 90-minute flight that circles the globe.
Iervolino, 33, has enlisted former UFC fighter John Lewis to help promote the series, which will be created by his new Space11 company that describes itself as 'one of a kind and revolutionary'.
He told Fast Company: "If you take UFC, it has a huge fan base.
"My goal with this new format is, I don’t want to lose UFC fans—we need to embrace all of them.
"The whole MMA world. But the goal with Zero-G fighting is to make the concept much wider.
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"When people try to punch you in zero gravity… I don’t know if you’ve seen the video of a baby pushing a person [in zero gravity] and the person goes to the other side of the room?
"It’s a totally different way to punch someone. It’s a very different type of training."
Iervolino is plotting a 12-episode first series for release in 2023 – which could be brought forward to next year – with a 'traditional' TV broadcast model offered out to 'all the big players'.
A new extraterrestrial entertainment industry has been preparing for lift-off for some time now with the producer signing up astrophysicists and former SpaceX staff to help formulate the idea.
The important thing is you need to be safe enough to be inside the rocket.
Elon Musk's company is also involved in a new Tom Cruise film set to be shot entirely in space when it begins production later this year.
And Iervolino claims to have as many as 50 ideas for space-based TV shows that he has 'kept quiet' until now, due to his belief that the technology is finally capable of such a venture.
He added: "The important thing is you need to be safe enough to be inside the rocket… You need to come back safe."
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