Iron Ring (TV series)

Iron Ring was a reality television series and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition, originating from the United States, that aired on BET.[1]

Iron Ring
Created byReginald Hudlin, Warrington Hudlin, Campbell McLaren, David Isaacs
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes14
Running time30 minutes
Production companiesZilo Live, Inc.
Original networkBET
Original releaseMarch 18, 2008 (2008-03-18) –
2008 (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[1] and Rick Ross[1] managing the Money Mayweather Boys; hip-hop artist Ludacris[1] with Team Luda; Nelly[1] representing Team Nelly; T.I.[1] leading Team Grand Hustle; Juelz Santana[1] and Jim Jones[1] heading Dipset; and Lil Jon[1] 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.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "BET 'Slams' into MMA, 'Iron Ring' Series Premiers 3/18". Retrieved 2010-06-02.

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