Space 11’s ‘Galactic Combat’ puts MMA fighters in orbit

“This isn’t only a present. This can be a new sport—a brand new sport competitors in outer area.”

So declares Andrea Iervolino, the founding father of Space 11, an leisure firm devoted to producing TV reveals, motion pictures, stay occasions, and sporting occasions set in, sure, area. First up is a reality-TV sequence, Galactic Fight, that can comply with 40 blended martial arts fighters from all over the world coaching to organize for fights that happen in area—and thus with out gravity. The present will chronicle their coaching for what Iervolino has coined MMA-Zero G combating (the brand new sport). Thirty-two of the contestants can be eradicated throughout coaching, leaving eight to compete in the precise competitions.

Solely the finalists will board a rocket ship and go into area, the place the ultimate combat will happen in the ship because it orbits the Earth for 90 minutes, which is the time it takes for a full journey across the planet.

The announcement of Galactic Fight follows an area leisure theme that’s beginning to warmth up in Hollywood. Tom Cruise is starring in a $200 million Common function film that can be shot fully in area, in collaboration with Elon Musk’s SpaceX. Doug Liman (Fringe of Tomorrow) is directing the movie, which is slated to begin filming this fall.


Andrea Iervolino

To Iervolino, a veteran producer (The Service provider of Venice and the upcoming biopic about Ferruccio Lamborghini, starring Alec Baldwin) and the founding father of Iervolino Leisure, Galactic Fight isn’t nearly a cool, new frontier in leisure. It’s about creating a brand new sport alongside the strains of UFC, which is an estimated $7 billion enterprise with a world following and large digital and linear platforms.

“In the event you take UFC, it has an enormous fan base,” says Iervolino. “My objective with this new format is, I don’t wish to lose UFC followers—we have to embrace all of them. The entire MMA world. However the objective with Zero-G combating is to make the idea a lot wider.”

To assist him do that, Iervolino has employed former MMA professional fighter John Lewis to function VP and promoter for Galactic Fight, which is at present in preproduction and hopes to hit the air in 2023, although Iervolino stated it might be able to go in 2022.

As for the place the 12-episode present can be distributed, Iervolino stated he plans to promote the present by means of the “conventional TV gross sales mannequin,” territory by territory, approaching “all the massive gamers.”

The leisure draw of the present—past the novelty of area—is the shortage of gravity that the fighters should deal with and adapt to. “When individuals attempt to punch you in zero gravity—I don’t know should you’ve seen the video of a child pushing an individual [in zero gravity] and the individual goes to the opposite facet of the room,” says Iervolino. “It’s a very totally different technique to punch somebody. It’s a really totally different kind of coaching.” He added that he didn’t assume this meant the combating can be extra violent than conventional MMA fight.

Iervolino has been investing in space-based leisure for just a few years now, bringing on former SpaceX workers, astrophysicists, astronomers, and different specialists to his Space 11 staff. However he says it wasn’t till lately that he felt assured sufficient in the protection know-how to embark on a mission.”After we first began to work on Space 11, we have been tremendous quiet about it,” he says. “Nobody knew if the know-how was prepared.” However after doing two years’ value of assessments, Iervolino says his staff instructed him, “We’re [ready].”

“The necessary factor is it’s good to be protected sufficient to be contained in the rocket. . . . It’s good to come again protected.”


Galactic Fight is only the start, says Iervolino, who says that he has developed 50 different codecs for area reveals that he’ll be rolling out. “This one is doable. Having two guys combating in a rocket orbiting the Earth is straightforward.”