American Latino-skewing channel El Rey Network has expanded its unscripted slate with the commissioning of a 10-part martial arts docuseries.
Bushido Battleground (pictured) will chronicle the lives of elite fighters from across the globe participating in the full-contact sports of MMA, submission Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai.
Each episode of the two-hour travelogue will follow the fighters and their teams from country to country as they train and prepare for each mixed martial arts match in an effort to, according to the network, “learn the fighters’ different strategies and see how those strategies come to life in the action of the ring.” Cameras will document each bout while also following fighters into the training rooms in the aftermath of each contest.
Executive producers of Bushido Battleground include JungoTV CEO and co-founder George Chung and Andy Horne, the latter a co-producer on such action films as Blade and Blade II.
“El Rey Network has found great success with our lucha libre wrestling series Lucha Underground and our weekly Martial Arts film blocks. Like Lucha and the Martial Arts Films, Bushido Battleground will feature great storytelling, compelling fights and incredible skill,” said El Rey Network president and GM Daniel Tibbets in a statement. “Just as Lucha Underground has taken lucha libre wrestling to another level through Robert Rodriguez’s cinematic eye, the fight world will be enhanced by the El Rey Network lens as well.”