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Epic competition series American Ninja Warrior: Ninja Vs. Ninja is bringing more heat to Much, pitting three-person athletic teams against one another on physically demanding, side-by-side obstacle courses that test endurance and speed. Hosted by comedian Matt Iseman and former NFL player Akbar Gbajabiamila, the show will feature even more challenging obstacles than in the past, incorporating speed, human agility, skill, and a whole new strategy of racing.

The upcoming 16-part season of ANW: Ninja Vs. Ninja will feature some of the biggest names from the primetime American Ninja Warrior franchise competing together to become the ultimate champions. In addition to hosts Iseman and Gbajabiamila, FOX Sports’ Alex Curry will serve as sideline reporter, rounding out the talent commentators.

Cast

  • Matt Iseman

    as Host

    In 2017, Iseman won season eight of NBC’s The New Celebrity Apprentice with host Arnold Schwarzenegger, where he raised money for the Arthritis Foundation.  His ongoing battle with rheumatoid arthritis transformed him into a strong supporter for the foundation. His other television credits include being a regular cast member on Style Network’s home makeover shows, Clean House and Clean House Comes Clean, for which he won an Emmy Award, and being the main medical correspondent for the Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family. As a stand up comic, Iseman has recurred on Comics Unleashed and is a regular on the L.A. comedy club circuit. He has traveled to Afghanistan to perform for U.S. troops. He has also appeared on Premium Blend on Comedy Central, The Greg Gutfeld Show, and as a guest co-host on TODAY. His album, I Want a Happy Ending, has become an iTunes sensation. His comedy can be heard on SiriusXM, Pandora, and countless radio stations around the nation. Additionally, Iseman made his film debut in Transformers 2 and has made appearances on the The Drew Carey ShowNCIS, and Courting Alex. He had a recurring role on General Hospital. A Denver native, Iseman graduated with honors from Princeton University and the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he received his medical degree. He returned home to the University of Colorado for his residency in internal medicine. Then, in a move that shocked patients and parents alike, he quit his job as a doctor and moved out to Hollywood to pursue stand up comedy and never looked back. Iseman currently resides in Los Angeles.

  • Akbar Gbajabiamila

    as Host

    The L.A. native grew up in the Crenshaw district with his mother, father -- both of whom were born and raised in Nigeria -- and six siblings. His first name means “great” in Arabic and his last name means “big man come save me,” which derives from his paternal great-great-grandfather -- an impressive man who stood 7-feet tall and was the moderator in the village in which he lived. Akbar received his degree in communications and new media studies because deep down he always had the desire to be a broadcaster. He admired notables in the field like Jim Hill and aspired to be just like them. The Southern California native played five years in the NFL as a linebacker and defensive end with the Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, and Miami Dolphins before retiring in 2008. Throughout his NFL career, Gbajabiamila had an interest in broadcasting, and in 2005 he was selected as one of the NFL’s first athletes to attend their Broadcast Boot Camp, an intense workshop aimed at training athletes for potential careers in broadcasting and journalism. While playing for the Chargers, Akbar contributed to KSWB, an NBC radio affiliate in San Diego, and co-hosted “Football Night in San Diego” from 2006 to 2008. He went on to serve as an analyst for the Mtn. Network and CBS Sports, before joining the NFL Network in 2012. Akbar has a long history of volunteering and social consciousness. He currently serves as a board member for the Asomugha Foundation, an organization aimed at creating better educational opportunities for impoverished communities. He also serves on the board of the Michael J Fox Foundation. As a collegiate undergrad, Akbar joined Athletes for Education, a youth education program where he was able to promote financial literacy for youth in the San Diego community. He and his wife along with their four children currently reside in Redondo Beach with their beloved dog.

About

Epic competition series American Ninja Warrior: Ninja Vs. Ninja is bringing more heat to Much, pitting three-person athletic teams against one another on physically demanding, side-by-side obstacle courses that test endurance and speed. Hosted by comedian Matt Iseman and former NFL player Akbar Gbajabiamila, the show will feature even more challenging obstacles than in the past, incorporating speed, human agility, skill, and a whole new strategy of racing.

The upcoming 16-part season of ANW: Ninja Vs. Ninja will feature some of the biggest names from the primetime American Ninja Warrior franchise competing together to become the ultimate champions. In addition to hosts Iseman and Gbajabiamila, FOX Sports’ Alex Curry will serve as sideline reporter, rounding out the talent commentators.

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