Electronic Arts (EA) is getting into the Ronda Rousey business, announcing on Friday (Nov. 13, 2015) that the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's bantamweight champion will be featured on the cover of its upcoming EA Sports UFC 2 video game.
"EA Sports is a cultural barometer to know what’s going on in sports at the moment," said Rousey. "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."
EA Sports UFC debuted in early 2014 to mixed reviews; however, the video game publisher insists the issues that plagued its first go-round have been corrected for the second installment.
"Like any champion fighter going into their next fight, we listened to our corner - in our case, the fans - and took a detailed look at everything we can do to take the fight game to a whole new level," said Creative Director Brian Hayes. "We're doing that by introducing innovative gameplay features, delivering a game mode for every fighter regardless of their style of play, and adding helpful tools so fans can master MMA, all while producing the jaw-dropping visuals that fans expect."
Rousey, meanwhile, defends her 135-pound strap against boxing import Holly Holm at the upcoming UFC 193 pay-per-view (PPV) event in Australia (full details here).
Here's a high-res version of her new cover pic:
EA Sports UFC 2 is set for release in spring 2016 for Xbox ONE and PlayStation 4.