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Eight-foot tall humanoid robots set for cage match battles in SyFy's 'Robot Combat League'

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SyFy Robot Combat League
SyFy Robot Combat League

According to Entertainment Weekly, SyFy is set to air "Robot Combat League:" a new show hosted by former WWE wrestler Chris Jericho that will feature brutal boxing battles between 12 teams with tall, 1,000-pound humanoid robots. And at least one of those robots, pictured above, has an axe for a head. As EW reports, SyFy president Mark Stern isn't shy about the obvious connection to films like Real Steel — Stern says "it has always been our desire to update and do 'Battle Bots' for the new century." The network reportedly created its own robots for the show with the help of Mark Setrakian, a robotics expert who has worked on technology for films including Men In Black and Hellboy. Stern tells EW that "Setrakian created a robotics system that can mimic a human's actions and movements. We've had robots decapitated, we've had robots cut in half. It was truly spectacular."

"Robot Combat League's" fighters will mimic the moves of shadow-boxers

EW reports that "Robot Combat League's" robots will mimic the fighting moves of shadow-boxing controllers. Each team will have a fighter and an engineer from mixed backgrounds: EW says a race car driver, Olympic athelete, and MMA fighter Amanda Lucas (George Lucas' daughter). And each team will have its own custom-designed robot with unique strengths and vulnerabilities. There's no word on when "Robot Combat League" will debut, but it shouldn't be long — EW says SyFy finished production of the first season last week.