Al Batal is Back Better and Tougher Than Ever Before

Season 2 of Al Batal has completed production and announces revamped format and coaching teams

30 JUNE 2014, ABU DHABI, UAE

Al Batal is announcing completion of production of its 2nd Season due to premiere this fall on FOX Movies. The new Season will feature a completely revamped format which focuses on gradually transforming Al Batal fighters into world class athletes.

Al Batal is a reality show based on the sport of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) that provides fighters of Arabic origin with an opportunity to realize their dreams. Fighters are taken through an intensive training program, led by carefully selected teams of professional coaches, as they compete for the title of Al Batal (The Champion).

For Season 2 Al Batal has recruited 12 passionate semi-pro fighters, 2 world-class MMA coaching teams, 1 professional athletic conditioning team and implemented an extensive training and nutrition program. All designed to help shape the contestants into better, tougher and smarter fighters.

American Ray Elbe, heading the Black Team, is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) black belt and MMA veteran with an impressive 25 - 11 record. Currently teaching at Kuwait Combat Athletics, Ray has been in the game for over 12 years and is considered one of the top MMA coaches in the region. Ray is assisted by coaches Ole Laursen and Saphaprom Sophaprom (Khunsuk).

French-Algerian Mehdi Baghdad is Yellow Team Head Coach. Mehdi fights out of Team Quest in California, with a 9 - 3 record and is a regular sparring partner with the likes of Dan Henderson, Chael Sonnen and Tarec Saffiedine. Baghdad proved his worth as a fighter by becoming the lightweight WBC Muay Thai World Champion in 2011 as well as K-1 champion of France and Belgium. Mehdi is assisted by coaches Jorge Lopez and Cédric Escudero.

Dubai-based FAST Athletic Training Team will be providing professional athlete-standard coaching and training in strength, conditioning and nutrition.

This coming fall 12 fighters, eager to prove to the world they have what it takes to become the best, will have an opportunity to prove just that through their blood, sweat and tears.


An Arabic version of the press release is attached.

Header image by Danny Allison - Charged magazine - ITP publishing (please don't use)

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Al Batal is a reality show based on the sport of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) that provides fighters of Arabic origin with an opportunity to realize their dreams.

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