MMA Fighter Challenges People to Punch Him in the Face, Everyone Fails

Randy, Fedor, Sylvia, Babalu Tapped for ‘EA MMA’ Roster List


("Your perpetually-scowling welterweight with great jiu-jitsu, cardio, and trash-talk has died of dysentery.")

For over a month, we’ve been wondering who EA Sports will be able to recruit for its upcoming MMA video game — especially after Dana White’s proclamation that any fighter who signs with the competing title will be dead to him. But now that reports are starting to trickle out, let’s run it down…

— In a recent interview with MMA Wordwide, UFC/IFL/Strikeforce vet Benji Radach says that he starts work on the game next month, and will be in it along with Randy Couture and Fedor Emelianenko.

— Emelianenko’s involvement was confirmed by a press release distributed by mixfight.ru, which also named Gegard Mousasi as a participant.


Tim Sylvia told the Hardcore Sports Rage radio show that he’s signed up to appear in the game, and that him and Randy Couture are being paid very well for their likenesses.

— In a MMASpot.net interview posted Sunday, Renato "Babalu" Sobral thanked EA Sports MMA among his sponsors.

— According to this ArmyTimes profile, Tim Kennedy will appear in the game.

We’ll update this list when more major names trickle out. In the meantime, hit up feedback@cagepotato.com if you hear of any other confirmed additions.

Related: Dana White has made it clear that it’s more than his natural competitive urge that’s driving his competition with the EA MMA game. From Yahoo! Sports:

“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. 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."

EA denied that the above exchange ever took place.

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TheFactor- January 26, 2010 at 9:14 am
Agreed .. EA should put in some old schoolers ... let's do some vintage matchups .. Shamrock Vs Frye ... Dan Severin vs MArk Coleman, Tank Abbott Vs Vitor Belfort and for the bonus stage you get to drive Harold Howards truck through a casino .... !!!
Cocky- July 23, 2009 at 6:54 am
Does anyone know which platforms the game will be on? I hope they don't snub the PS2 like Undisputed did.
ItburnswhenIpee- July 21, 2009 at 11:40 pm
A Strikeforce game... with Gina Carano fighting... in Jello!
Seoul Brother- July 21, 2009 at 7:20 pm
I'd like to think that an EA based MMA game would do well, but I wouldn't give two dry shits if a different company like Square or Namco try and come out with an MMA game. Keep in mind that this has to do well not only in the US, but in Japan as well. Certainly MMA means a lot more there than it does here (thank you very much, John McCain. Now go fuck yourself). The mere fact that Fedor Emelianenko and Josh Barnett have to be in "Do You Know Who I Am" ads in NYC speaks volumes about the assumed ignorance of the American public.

Maybe if MMA were legalized in all 50 states, and maybe if there wasn't so much petty bullshit melodrama in "The Ultimate Fighter" (seriously guys, leave the bitchiness to real drama queens like the programming on Bravo) - maybe then we might have a market that woud support multiple titles. I'd love to see an EA MMA game, but if it fails (which in spite of its lineage it very well might), it's going to be that much harder for someone else to come up with an MMA title.

And how fucking cool would a TRUE "Vale Tudo" game be with the heroes of MMA? While everyone talks about a Randy Couture/Fedor Emelianenko dream fight, I want to see Rickson Gracie fight Sakuraba Kazushi, even if it were for a video game.
u02jgc9- July 21, 2009 at 6:57 pm
a question: would it be illegal for EA to put an unlockable heavyweight oaf in there by the name of Chestnar or etc?? Don't be a pussy EA- take a shot at DW

Chiggs- July 21, 2009 at 6:22 pm
damn, wtf happened to my comments to get em deleted??? Didnt say or post anything I shouldnt have other then a couple links to info on the old PrideFC Ps2 game and the Real Fighting Championships game from korea with Fedor in it :/ Weird and bogus :/
zombiekilla- July 21, 2009 at 6:22 pm
@mmaflunkie , @seoul brother : agreed
i think everyone with half a brain knows those sweet little ea commercials with all the celebreties and amazing pre rendered video havent lived up to their full game offering.

a few points

1) i love how people have come out and proclaim that ea is the leader in sports games and this is the reason it this game will be good. ea payed alot of money over to give the perception that they are the best. sonys recent mlb offerings have dominated the review scores of past mlb games and 2k sports have putting out quality nba and nhl games that rival ea counterparts. but look at sports that have peaked. nascar was once the fastes growing sport and now ea cant get rid of the license fast enough. they put a terrible team behind it and expected fans to buy the ea name. btw, how do you market a game to casual fans when your game is filled with fighters they have not heard of before? did you see a commercial for fight night rd 4 featuring joe calzaghe and kelly pavlik? no, because everyone in the face of this planet knows ali and tyson. fans will see randy and a bunch of fighters they dont know. personaly, i think the roster is awesome but i am not a casual mma or game

2) thq has been making great fighting games since 1997. sd vs raw has been a hit year in and year out wheteher yuo like pro wrestling or not. they used a great engine to base ufc on and made good improvements. i honestly cant wait to see how they tweeak it for next year (just like they do every year with sd vs raw).

3) brand association. really guys to you and i, ufc is just a company but to the casual fan( who will buy the majority of the copies of this game) the ufc is mma. ufc built that name and mma on espn is refered to as "ultimate fighting". ( to show proof)
Seoul Brother- July 21, 2009 at 5:14 pm
@mmaflunkie: Yeah dude, Their non-boxing games were pretty heinous, and EA is hoping that not a lot of people realize that it's a bunch of completely unrelated studios cobbled together under one big, impressive umbrella. Just because one studio is kicking ass and taking names does not mean a blessed fucking thing if the other studios are turning out flaming monkey shit.

There are three things about this game that bother me:
1) Promotion: Even if the EA MMA game sucks worse than a nearsighted hooker with braces, EA still has LOADS of money to sugar coat it so that people are amazed at how it looks. Especially with the UFC saying go fuck yourself to EA, they can make damn sure that this is the only way you're likely to see a Randy Couture/Fedor Emelianenko slug fest.

2) False Advertising: EA has also been called out on having created composite shots that look fucking amazing... but were in no way actual screen shots. Of course people are gonna be amazed. Of course they're gonna gush about it because it looks sweet...when it plays like an 8 Track tape.

3) Cut Scenes: Lots of game companies invest heavily in making cut scenes look sweet, because that's the shit that sells to your average jagoff gamer. Not the hardcore gamer, but the douchebag who falls for every Jedi Mind Trick in advertising.
drunkluck- July 21, 2009 at 5:05 pm
up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, B, A, select, start and Tim Sylvia shits his pants.
mmaflunkie- July 21, 2009 at 4:10 pm
I think most people (gamers) would agree that Fight Night Round 4 was not as good as Fight Night Round 3. Everyone knew that EA Chicago put out an awesome product in FNR3 and that the Vancouver studio wasn't going to be able to touch the game. And for all you newbies...EA MMA game is going to be made out of the Tiburon Studio in Orlando...don't see too many fighting games being made out of there. And I doubt they're gonna pull resources from Madden/Tiger/NCAA to put on the MMA game.

And really, when has EA made a good fighting/sports game with the exception of FN? Def Jam? WCW Mayhem? Cmon, go back and read the reviews...they were terrible...which is why EA abandoned making them.

I'm sure the orthodox/southpaw stance will get ironed out next year, and I'm sure there are going to be more variations on the fighter styles than just what was presented last year. Bottom line is, THQ has a 3 year head start on EA, as well as owning the Fighting Category in terms of units and sales (look it up for yourself if you don't believe me). And show me how many sports games sell well inside the US w/out a major license attached to them...the answer zero!

Just bow down to the UFC and bow down to THQ...cause you're playing Undisputed for a long time!

MMASUCKSBECUZOFU- July 21, 2009 at 3:11 pm
Does everyone live in a cage? EA is the leader of sports games, they will put everything into this game, or like always, they will just buy THQ and improve it.....thats gonna suck for you Dana.. Someday the fighters will get smart and form a union (like every other real sport has) and be allowed to make money off their likeness.

R.I.P. Kimo (if it's true)....
Dr.- July 21, 2009 at 2:50 pm
Put Bas in there and I'm sold.
Swedish- July 21, 2009 at 2:31 pm
Why the hell would Dana want Babalu? He sacked that douche real fast
zombiekilla- July 21, 2009 at 2:20 pm
i cant wait til everyone complains about the flaws in the ea game next year. and when it doesnt hit the sales of fight night or other top franchises, ea will dump the mma format. and really we are talking about a bi yearly game. it will release in 2010 and again in 2012, if ea doesnt drop it before then. read some complaints about fight night this year and you will realize that ea's first mma game will be far from great.
KidDinomite- July 21, 2009 at 1:35 pm
One of the things I was disappointed in with Undisputed was that you could only pick from a limited set of styles. The game didn't have styles like Kung Fu, JKD, Karate (Machida uses kick-boxing?), Sambo, etc. I would have been happy if the game let you pick individual moves like WWE Smackdown vs. Raw so that you could fine-tune your created character exactly how you wanted and no two characters would be the same. They also need to add selectable signature moves like a spinning rondhouse kick or a jump kick or a haymaker, but I'm thinking that'll be implemented next year.
Bovice- July 21, 2009 at 1:31 pm
This game will blow UFC 2009 Undisputed out of the water.
Pure Karate- July 21, 2009 at 1:29 pm
Doesn't matter who they put in. I can beat any of them with Chun Li.
Seoul Brother- July 21, 2009 at 1:29 pm
@Biffmiester:

Dude - that was fuckin' hilarious. Talk about "texture mapping."
Dojima- July 21, 2009 at 1:23 pm
One of the selling points of Fight Night is that when you play as Tyson, you move like Tyson. When you play as Ali, you move like Ali..... I would take that in place of characters like Tim Boetsch and the other 25 or so nobodies they would have to sacrifice to let Lyoto kick ass from the southpaw stance.
Dojima- July 21, 2009 at 1:20 pm
hey flunkie,

Fight Night Round 4 has 53 playable characters... and with considerably much more variance in fighting style than the limited ass scope Undisputed has...oh, and southpaws fight in the southpaw stance on EA games
KidDinomite- July 21, 2009 at 1:18 pm
Well its hard to say how good the game will be since we haven't seen any screens or gameplay videos. But I did enjoy Fight Night, it could possibly be a better game than UFC if they figure out how to employ kicks, takedowns, and grappling using the thumbsticks. Also the engine has better graphics, but then again it could suck. EA isn't exactly always known for their quality games. But having played Fight Night 4, the same team who is developing the game, it could be awesome.

Oh and I always watch the entrances.
mmaflunkie- July 21, 2009 at 1:11 pm
UFC Undisputed boasts 82 fighters...Fight Night has what like 20? Do you really think EA's MMA game is going to be able to put together a robust list as compelling as Undisputed for next year?

You complain about using Lesnar too much...I'd love to hear what you say after you've played Fedor v. Randy for the 100th time.

Might as well just create Fedor and Randy in next year's Undisputed and transfer the stats from the EA game. Easier to make 2 fighters, than to make 70 of them.

The EA game is going to blow....


Have Mayhem's entrance all you want...guaranteed you watch it one time them button past it the following.
KidDinomite- July 21, 2009 at 1:04 pm
Another question is, what will the name of this game be? And what promotion, if any, will they use? And then again, who will do the color commentary? I say they get Mike Schiavello with his one-liners, "He gets mounted more times than Jenna Haze", hilarious!!

Oh and I formally request they sign Jason 'Mayhem' Miller to appear in the game, along with his signature entrances. And his special move should be a full mounted double hand slap and peace sign!!!
Dojima- July 21, 2009 at 1:00 pm
@ping pong I bet they even could get some of the old school UFC fighters like Kimo, Taktarov, Joe Son, Hackney, and from other places too like Vovchanchyn, etc.... this could seriously turn out to be more fun than any current game just by going with the heavy old school flavor
Old_Bald_and_Irish- July 21, 2009 at 12:59 pm
I wish they could come out with a Strikeforce game so that I can have Nick Diaz and Cyborg fight each other.

...also, they need to put lots of blood in the game and the possibility for bone breaks. Don't tap? ...then SNAP!
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