Melvin Manhoef will be appearing as a coach on the 2010 season of Enfusion’s Test of the Champions – a Contender/TUF style reality show focused on traditional kickboxing. Other coaches include Krista Fleming, Bernise Alldis, and a fourth coach TBA.
This is the 2nd season of the show, which first ran in 2008 and was won by Sam Braan. This year, the season focuses entirely on 70 kg fighters. The early favorite has to be Gago Drago, though It’s Showtime’s Sahin Yakut could be a dark horse. Other noteworthy fighters include Jan van Denderen, Shane Campbell, and Armen Petrosyan (brother to Giorgio). Seven more fighters are yet to be named. For the complete list, click here. Not much info yet regarding how this will air, but we will update news as we get it.
Reports from the first season indicate that the show was a bit of a disaster, but from a “Good TV” perspective this has potential. Both Manhoef and Drago provide the kind of larger than life personalities that reality TV feeds on, and the field of fighters is stronger than your typical Ultimate Fighter season. Hopefully we’ll get a chance to see it.