Iron Ring (TV series)
|Created by||Reginald Hudlin, Warrington Hudlin, Campbell McLaren, David Isaacs|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||14|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production companies||Zilo Live, Inc.|
|Original release||March 18, 2008 –|
On this show, professional MMA fighters that have yet to make a big name for themselves were selected onto teams representing five different weight classes (Heavyweight, Middleweight, and Lightweight [which the show contested at 170lbs rather than 155lbs]).
Each team had a celebrity owner and MMA coach who evaluated the try outs and selected contestants. Team owners included boxing champ Floyd Mayweather and Rick Ross managing the Money Mayweather Boys; hip-hop artist Ludacris with Team Luda; Nelly representing Team Nelly; T.I. leading Team Grand Hustle; Juelz Santana and Jim Jones heading Dipset; and Lil Jon with the Head Busters. Featured MMA coaches included Shonie Carter and Charles Bennett.
The respective teams then fought over the course of several weeks, building towards a finale that took place in New Orleans in February 2008.
The winners of each weight class included:
- Heavyweight: Abongo Humphrey
- Middleweight: Jamie Yager
- Lightweight (170lbs): Josh Gaskins
The ultimate team winner was Team Nelly.
- "BET 'Slams' into MMA, 'Iron Ring' Series Premiers 3/18". mmaonline.com. Retrieved 2010-06-02.