As amazing as UFC is, it now has a competitor. The Syfy cable network has announced a new sports show featuring giant battling robots, called the Robot Combat League. According to Entertainment Weekly‘s James Hibberd, the program’s first episode will air in February. Unlike earlier robot-fighting television shows such as Comedy Central’s Battle Bots, Syfy’s show will feature eight-foot-tall humanoid, fully articulated robots engaged in actual fighting. Pro wrestler-turned-Dancing With the Stars personality Chris Jericho will host.
Robot Combat League will feature 12 teams of robots backed up by human engineers and “robo-jockeys”manning the remote controls. NBCUniversal, Syfy’s parent company, beat entertainment heavyweights James Cameron and Mark Burnett to the punch–The Discovery Channel will be airing a similar show by the pair called Robogeddon in 2013.