From small-town Sequim to big battles in mixed martial arts, Bristol Marunde is about to embark on a new adventure — television.
Marunde, a 2000 Sequim High graduate, stars with his wife Aubrey in the new show “High Stakes Flippers” on HGTV. It debuted July 7.
Aubrey said the show debuted “very well” and the network plans to replay the first episode “No Such Thing as a Safe Bet in Vegas” a 4 p.m. PT, Thursday, July 21, and 9 a.m. PT, Saturday, Aug. 6.
The couple partners with High Noon Productions, which produces hits like “Fixer Upper,” also on HGTV.
Aubrey, a Nevada native, said it’s modeled after “Fixer Upper,” but focuses more on finding homes in distressed condition and flipping (reselling) them in Las Vegas.
How the first episode performed in ratings determines if the show will run weekly and with its full 13 episodes, she said.
“We’ve been taking it day by day,” Aubrey said. “We’ve been so busy running four different businesses. It’s a lot of work. We’ll see how it pans out with the first series.”
The Marundes met about seven years ago in Las Vegas after Bristol moved to train as an MMA fighter.
Aubrey has been a real estate and interior design agent for 10 years in Las Vegas and Bristol a general contractor and/or doing construction for seven years there, along with professional fighting.
The couple keeps a home in Sequim and visits about every other month, said Aubrey, a licensed real estate agent in Washington through BrokersGroup.
The Marundes flipped a few properties in Sequim, she said, but the HGTV show focuses on their Las Vegas ventures, where the couple collaborates on purchasing and prepping a home, construction, interior design and selling.
Aubrey said Bristol continues to train after his jaw was broken badly in his last fight and fans should be able to see him fight soon. He continues to promote professional MMA fights at Clearwater Casino. The couple married about a year ago and have two boys ages 2 and 5.
For more on “High Stakes Flippers,” visit www.HGTV.com.