• Publication date: February 9, 2011

They Lived the Dream. Now It's Your Turn. TapouT: Champions in the Making

Charles Lewis, Jr. (aka Mask), Dan Caldwell (aka Punkass), and Tim Katz (aka SkySkrape) come from humble beginnings. About 15 years ago, long before the current mixed martial arts craze occurred, these 3 guys were dedicated to the sport, showing up at every major event to sell their clothing line � TapOut. The name of the brand refers to 'tapping out,' when a contender has met his match and signals for his opponent to end a fight.

Charles Lewis, Jr. (aka Mask), Dan Caldwell (aka Punkass), and Tim Katz (aka SkySkrape) come from humble beginnings. About 15 years ago, long before the current mixed martial arts craze occurred, these 3 guys were dedicated to the sport, showing up at every major event to sell their clothing line � TapOut. The name of the brand refers to 'tapping out,' when a contender has met his match and signals for his opponent to end a fight.

Nowadays the TapOut brand has become synonymous with MMA apparel. They've since expanded beyond t-shirts and now market their own water bottles, fighting gear, and other accessories.

Marketing is not really the aim of TapOut though. The series follows Mask, Punkass, and SkySkrape as they tour America in search of MMA's future superstars. Along the way they show their benevolence as well. One candidate is a homeless man with promising skills; they agree to rent an apartment for him, give him training, and if he shows dedication � continue supporting him financially and professionally. In another instance the guys attempt to prevent a gang member from falling deeper into crime by nurturing his interest in fighting.

Other contenders are more ordinary. There are cops, cowboys, and mama's boys. Viewers even witness a female fighter enter the ring. The climax of the program, however, occurs within the last 15 minutes, when these fighters finally battle and display their true skills. TapOut is a no frills, unscripted event, with a genuine spirit that many other reality programs lack.

Showing On: MBC Action

Year: 2007

Duration: 60 minutes

Genre: Reality-TV, Sports

Starring:

Charles 'Mask' Lewis, Jr.

Dan 'Punkass' Caldwell

Tim 'SkySkrape' Katz

Created By: Pilgrim Films & Television

Rating: Not Rated