International mixed martial arts stars and well-traveled veterans Josh Barnett, Vladimir Matyushenko and Joachim Hansen were all in action over the weekend. "The Babyface Assassin" and "Hellboy" were participating in DREAM 13 while "The Janitor" was mopping up the light heavyweight division at the UFC on Versus event in Denver.
Now they get to share another common thread as the latest additions to the upcoming "EA Sports MMA" video game set to be released in Fall 2010, the electronic publisher revealed yesterday.
Top ranked heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko will be featured as a digitized version of himself facing any and all challengers — including UFC star Randy "The Natural" Couture, who retains control over his ancillary rights and has language in his contract that allows him the freedom to use his likeness outside of the UFC.
The San Jose-based Strikeforce promotion has been named the "Premiere League" and art seems to be imitating life as the current agreement between DREAM and Strikeforce allows the exchange of talent for select cards, like the Shinya Aoki vs. Gilbert Melendez lightweight title fight scheduled for April 17 in Nashville.
Of course comparisons to THQ's "UFC Undisputed 2010" video game are inevitable -- but don't call it a case of friendly competition.
UFC President Dana White had a very public war of words back in 2009 after White accused the gaming giant of turning down his offer for a video game partnership only to then create one of their own after the massive success of THQ's "UFC Undisputed."
Which game the casual fan selects may depend heavily on their choice of fighters. Would you be willing to sacrifice the chance to play as BJ Penn or Anderson Silva to have a better overall game? EA Sports is banking on it and is expected to pull out all the stops in their debut effort.
See how things are shaping up by checking out the EA Sports MMA trailer and in-game screens here.