On Monday, EA Sports announced they had selected reigning UFC light heavyweight king Jon Jones to grace half the cover of their first UFC video game, while fans would vote between 16 other fighters to determine who would stand opposite Jones.
Demetrious Johnson, Dominick Cruz, Georges St-Pierre, Chris Weidman, Anthony Pettis, Jose Aldo, Ronda Rousey, Urijah Faber, Benson Henderson, Johny Hendricks, Junior dos Santos, Chael Sonnen, Michael Bisping, Daniel Cormier, Miesha Tate and Alexander Gustafsson are on the ballot.
Notice anyone inexplicably missing from the list? A certain heavyweight champion, perhaps?
Conspiracy theorists immediately pounced on Cain Velasquez’s (pictured) absence, claiming the “Brown Pride” tattoo plastered across the Mexican-American’s chest is the obvious reason he was left off the poll.
Not true, says UFC president Dana White.
“Oh, hell no,” White emphatically stated on Tuesday’s conference call when asked if Velasquez’s ink was the reason he was omitted. “Only idiots on the Internet have a problem with that.”
According to White, Velasquez couldn’t come to terms with EA Sports because he felt he should have received the Jon Jones treatment from the jump.
“It’s not like we haven’t been in this position before. I would like Cain to be in there, but I think there were other reasons for Cain not coming to a deal,” White said. “I just think that Cain felt he’s the heavyweight champion and he doesn’t want to be in a vote to see if he should be on the cover.
“I think that was his … and what am I going to do about that? Am I going to disagree with him? He’s like, ‘I’m the heavyweight champion. I gotta be voted on whether I should be on the cover of the game? I’m the heavyweight champ. If you don’t think I should be, then I don’t want to be in a vote.’
“I can’t blame him for that.”
The official cover for “EA Sports UFC” will be unveiled at UFC 168.