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ADDITIONAL NOTES: completed airing its fifth season on 11/9/18; has yet to be renewed for a sixth season
DESCRIPTION: (from EPIX's press release, June 2018) Premium pay television network EPIX(R) has announced the 16 fighters who will be facing off with one another for the championship belt on the revival of boxing franchise series The Contender this fall. The highly anticipated 12-episode season, from MGM Television and Paramount Television, will premiere on EPIX on Aug. 24, 2018 at 10 PM ET/PT. Hosted by undefeated boxing champion Andre "Son of God" Ward, the first-of-its-kind competitive documentary series for the network will feature 16 fighters pushing their limits in grueling elimination-style fights and testing their grit and determination to achieve their boxing dreams. The fighters will be overseen by legendary boxing coach Freddie Roach, and renowned Philadelphia trainer Naazim Richardson. The 16 Contenders come from a wide variety of professional boxing backgrounds and stations in life, bringing their unique stories, personalities, strengths and motivations to the series. Each fighter will be vying to be declared the new 160-pound middleweight champion of The Contender and take home the winner's six-figure purse - a prize, which, for all the fighters, represents a better life for their families and loved ones who have been there with them through all the ups and downs of their journeys.