The Contender is Officially Coming Back in 2018 - On EPIX

Premium pay television network EPIX®, an MGM company, is set to launch a new version of the seminal Contender boxing franchise.

This iconic, fan-favorite series produced by Mark Burnett, President of MGM Television and Digital, has launched multiple boxers into contention for world titles.

EPIX will debut an all-new 12-episode season of the boxing competition series, which will start production in 2018 with an anticipated debut later this year. MGM Television is producing with Paramount Television.


The upcoming series will feature 16 fighters in an elimination competition that will push their skills, strength and endurance to the limit.

"Boxing belongs on premium pay television and there is no better home for The Contender than EPIX." said Burnett. "We will tell stories of the fighters, the families and their difficult journeys in the emotionally compelling Contender style, so that viewers get to vicariously 'walk a mile' in the boxers shoes."

The boxers will be DIVIDED into two teams to train, each overseen by a renowned boxing coach who will act as mentor. Over the course of the season, the competitors will live together, train together and fight each other in the ring, all vying to be become the ultimate Contender and take the winner's six-figure purse.

"The Contender has launched the careers of many fighters, with some Contenders taking world titles - but this new iteration of the series will also showcase the heart, spirit and dramatic personal stories of these fighters as they fight in and out of the ring to realize their dreams," said Michael Wright, President of EPIX.

"This is not only real boxing, but real, raw human storytelling from the best unscripted television production team in the world."

The Contender ran for four seasons (2005-2009) and according to Nielsen Media Research the series was seen by 180 million cumulative viewers. The series saw eleven Contender fighters fight for world championships after appearing on the show, with five title winners (Mora, Bundrage, Smith, Bika, Soliman). Sergio "The Latin Snake" Mora went on to win the WBC Super Welterweight Championship and season three champion Sakio "The Scorpion" Bika went on to win the WBC & IBO Super Middleweight Championships, among others.

Eric Van Wagenen is executive producer and showrunner alongside Mark Burnett. The format is owned by MGM Television and Paramount Television.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by yankees7448 on 01-22-2018

[QUOTE=Motorcity Cobra;18428504]I looked up Epix and they have a stand alone app. Does the HBO app have streaming of live shows? Can you get a subscription without having a subscription on a set top box?[/QUOTE] Showtime has dedicated feed for…

Comment by joe strong on 01-22-2018

Do the heavyweight division then I will watch...

Comment by Motorcity Cobra on 01-22-2018

[QUOTE=yankees7448;18428479]I have the showtime and hbo apps. If Epix had a standalone app I would get it just to watch their new contender series. But in and of itself I don't see any reason to get it. They don't really…

Comment by yankees7448 on 01-22-2018

[QUOTE=Motorcity Cobra;18428145]How much you paying? I have internet only and stream all my stuff and I pay $50 a month. I called to get [B]ONE BOX[/B] added and they told me my new bill would be $135. I hung up…

Comment by BigStomps on 01-22-2018

[QUOTE=Motorcity Cobra;18428271]I'm basically a boxing guy and netflix. My TV has netflix built into it and I use my google chrome to stream off my phone to the TV. I pay $10.99 a month for Showtime and I can stream…

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