On Friday, EA Sports officially announced its second UFC video game, EA Sports UFC 2, that will be released in the spring. UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, to no surprise, will be featured on the cover.
"EA Sports is a cultural barometer to know what's going on in sports at the moment," said Rousey in a press release. "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."
Rousey was in the running to be on the cover of the first game, which was decided via fan vote. But due to the timing of the game and voting being around the time the Ultimate Fighter season she coached was on, she lost in the voting in a head-to-head matchup with Miesha Tate. Due to a surge of European voting, light heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafsson got the nod.
The game will add a new Knockout Physics System and authentic gameplay features, and have the largest roster of fighters. It is being released on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Other new game modes are KO Mode, UFC Ultimate Team and a new career mode that allows fans to create women fighters for the first time in a game, as was as Grapple Assist, for more ground game variations and submissions. Click here for more details on the game's features.
Rousey defends her title against Holly Holm Saturday in the main event of UFC 193. Dave, Bryan and UFC star Filthy Tom Lawlor will break down the event for subscribers late Saturday night.