Despite UFC president Dana White’s threats to abolish any MMA fighter who dares to sign with electronics ace EA Sports for their 2010 “EA MMA” video game, it appears that some of the sport’s biggest names are attached to it including UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture and WAMMA heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko.
In a recent interview with MMA Wordwide, Strikeforce middleweight Benji Radach stated that he was set to start work on the game next month, and will be joined by the two living-legends.
Emelianenko’s involvement was confirmed in a press release distributed by mixfight.ru, which also stated that Dream and Affliction stud Gegard Mousasi will be in EA’s mixed martial arts game.
Former UFC heavyweight champ Tim Sylvia told the Hardcore Sports Rage radio show that he and Couture were on board and being paid very well for the use of their likenesses.
Additionally, Strikeforce light heavyweight king and former UFC employee Renato “Babalu” Sobral thanked EA Sports MMA as one of his sponsors following an interview this past Sunday on MMASpot.net.
White recently “confirmed” that he had told managers that if fighters wanted to compete for or continue fighting for the UFC, they shouldn’t sign with EA Sports by stating, “Sounds like me. Sounds like something that I would say.”
THQ is the gaming company that believed in the UFC and their vision for an exciting video game. Because of the worldwide success of ”UFC Undisputed 2009,″ White’s ticked that EA is now trying to come along and ride their coattails.
“I went to EA Sports. Know what EA Sports said? ‘It’s not a sport. This isn’t a sport. We would never get involved in something like this.’ We come out with a video game and now they want to come out with a video game? [Expletive] you,” White stated. “All these people that want to cry and bitch, EA Sports didn’t give a [expletive] about you and wouldn’t even touch this thing with a 10-foot pole. We went out and made this whole thing happen. THQ basically put their entire business on the line. If this game didn’t work, they were in big trouble.”
If White keeps to his word, then these fighters are in some serious trouble if they ever intend on calling the Octagon their home. But then again, it would be unlikely that Dana would say ‘No’ to Fedor coming to the UFC over a video game.