Sportscaster Chris Rose And UFC Fighter Kenny Florian Back With ‘BattleBots’ On Discovery, Preview

Discovery is bringing back BattleBots, the ultimate robot-fighting series. After production had to stop thanks to COVID-19 earlier this year, BattleBots is back for a new season of robotic and mechanical combat.

There are now sixty teams from across the globe who will compete in a season described as the “hardest hitting, unremitting, steel splitting tournament in combat robotics.”

There will be greenhorn rookies, and the up-and-coming players and seasoned star legends in the game who will throw their jaw dropping fighting machines into the BattleBox for the win, an opportunity to claim the preeminent prize in robotic sport: The Giant Nut.

What happens on BattleBots?

The series starts off with a bang as the manic metal madness begins with an epic main clash – former world champion Ray Billings with his lethal bot Tombstone faces Jack Barker’s End Game from New Zealand.

You can look for stars Whiplash and SawBlaze, both with designs on the championship.  Captain Shrederator, hoping to slice and dice a win against Lock-Jaw, and Bloodsport, all of whom will be out for blood against Skorpios.

Each match features two remote-controlled robots who are competing in a single, three-minute round with the goal to defeat or disable their opponent.

If there is no knockout during the BattleBot round, a panel of judges will declare a victor. Discovery says: “Their goal is to qualify for the 32-team, single elimination World Championship Tournament, culminating in the award of The Giant Nut at the end of the season.”

Each episode will reveal the behind-the-scenes design and build of the competing robots and profiles the teams behind them.

Competitors come from all types of backgrounds – families to university students and all sorts from every walk of life. The youngest competitor is just 11 years old and this season’s lineup includes the first ever 500lb walking robot.

Every BattleBot is homemade and constructed from a variety of materials with unique custom weapons to defeat the competition.

The robots are tried, tested and battle ready as Discovery notes: “This year’s builders have put their robots to the ultimate test and will stop at nothing to take down the competition.”

The talent

Sportscaster Chris Rose and UFC fighter Kenny Florian are back once again to provide play-by-play voice over while Jenny Taft will report from the builder pits. Faruq Tauheed is the ring announcer.

Discovery notes that a “new expert” will be joining the commentary team: the Bot Whisperer, aka BattleBots veteran and robot guru Peter Abrahamson.

COVID demands that production take precautions. As such, filming with cast, crew and bot builders was carried out under the most stringent and safe health and safety protocols. Discovery shares that the constant supervision and regular testing along with the lack of a live audience ensures the highest levels of safety.

Discovery says:

The spectators were the teams themselves, watching all the action (and their competitors) from specially constructed “opera boxes” placed around the giant BattleBox arena.


Battlebots returns for an all-new metal crunching season, premiering Thursday, December 3 at 8PM ET/PT on Discovery Channel.

April Neale

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