Actor Suniel Shetty is set to host a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) reality show Kumite 1 Warrior Hunt for MX Player, the streamer announced on Friday.
MX Studios Original show will see 16 male and female MMA athletes compete for the title, the streaming platform announced in an event attended by Shetty, MX Player’s chief operating officer Nikhil Gandhi, and sports personalities Mahavir Singh Phogat, Khali Phogat and Ritu Phogat.
"I have too much to take home and hope Kumite 1 Warrior Hunt is the bridge to make wrestling a household name in India. I truly believe that this sport has the potential to become the biggest in India that could easily take over football and cricket. Martial Arts is a large part of who I am even before I became an actor," said Shetty.
"The emotion, the struggle, what the contestants want to achieve, their human stories, and their humble background adds to the show's beauty. My India is unstoppable. These are the heroes, and I take inspiration from these contestants, and this is just the beginning," the Hera Pheri actor added.
The six-episode series, set to stream on MX Player from February 12, will give viewers a first-hand insight into the hardships faced by these athletes in their MMA journey with stories of survival, passion, and courage. This series further showcases the hardships and emotions that MMA fighters deal with while balancing their personal lives and their desire to participate in MMA tournaments.
"We wanted MMA fans to find new and unique ways to connect with the sport, reflect the fighters' competitive spirit, and give them an unprecedented view of what it takes to be in this business. MMA is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world, and this series is our foray into sports-based content," said MX Player's COO Nikhil Gandhi.