The last time the fight world saw Bristol Marunde in action, it was in the main event of RFA 31 in downtown Las Vegas last October. He took on Gilbert Smith that night for the promotion’s welterweight title but wound up losing via fourth-round TKO when his jaw was broken.
Not only did that injury derail his MMA career for a while, it also carved into his out-of-the-cage plans. Marunde, who has competed for Titan FC, Strikeforce, the IFL and the UFC, was ready to embark on a new business venture but with his jaw needing to heal up, those plans were put on the backburner until recently.
Marunde and his wife Aubrey are heavily involved in the real estate industry in Las Vegas and have been a successful duo for several years. The two are professional “house flippers” -- people who buy typically run down properties and then build them up to sell for a profit -- and were able to land their own house-flipping show on HGTV.
Marunde doubles as a professional general contractor in the construction biz when he’s not in the throes of combat inside the cage while his better half is an interior design and real estate agent. They’ve been filming quite a bit around Sin City for several weeks and their show is slated to debut on the popular cable network next week.
Dubbed “High Stakes Flipper,” the show will debut on HGTV July 7 at 11 p.m. ET/PT. If the pilot is successful, the show will run as a weekly series.