The argument that Ronda Rousey is the biggest name in MMA continues to be strengthened, as EA Sports has announced that the bantamweight champ is the cover athlete for its next edition of the UFC game.
Rousey becomes the first woman to be a cover athlete for any of the UFC games to date, and in the official announcement, the star was quoted saying this:
“EA Sports is a cultural barometer to know what’s going on in sports at the moment,” said Rousey. “As a gamer myself, it’s pretty surreal to be on the cover of the game and to have a woman on the cover of a UFC game shows a lot of progress. I’m really happy to be involved with it.”
This comes during a year where Rousey has scored some big pay-per-view numbers, has continued to dominate the opposition, and has become a mainstream phenomenon. So, it’s not surprising to see that EA Sports and the UFC made this decision. Really, it’s a brilliant move and it’s great to see as well (although if she loses to Holly Holm at UFC 193…)
If you’re a gamer, then you’re likely curious about some of the upgrades UFC 2 will feature. According to the announcement, these include:
“… five brand new game modes including KO Mode and UFC Ultimate Team, a revamped Career Mode that lets fans create female fighters for the first time ever in a UFC game, and Grapple Assist, an integrated visual tool to help players learn and perfect takedowns, ground game transitions, and submissions. Full feature and mode details can be found at http://easports.com/ufc/features.”
The game is scheduled to come out next spring, but no specific dates were mentioned. It’s going to be interesting to see how the game looks and how it does as well. It will be available for Xbox One and PS4.
Rousey-Holm will headline Saturday’s UFC 193 card which will take place at the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne. In the co-headliner, strawweight champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk will battle Valerie Letourneau.
The main card will also feature a highly anticipated heavyweight rematch between “Bigfoot” Silva and Mark Hunt. Their first war was declared a majority draw.