“The sheer spectacle of combat in a zero-gravity environment will make for a ‘can’t miss’ viewing experience.”
Making incredible use of recent advances in space travel technology, the production company Iervolino Entertainment and the startup Space 11 just announced the creation of “Galactic Combat,” a new format of mixed martial arts fights that will take place in space with zero gravity.
Despite sounding unbelievably metal, it’s a bizarre plan with questionable odds of success. As Space News senior writer Jeff Foust highlighted on Twitter, Galactic Combat will take place on a specially designed spacecraft with a built-in “fighting capsule” as it orbits the planet every 90 minutes.
Most of the competition seems to be focused on training for fights more than it is on the fights themselves. The announcement explains that 32 of the 40 competitors would be eliminated over the course of a training program that uses components of astronaut training…