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Behind the scenes of new EA UFC 2 video game, a chat with Ronda Rousey

UFC women's bantamweight mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Ronda Rousey was in the Vancouver suburb of Burnaby recently to take part in the new EA Sports UFC 2 video game, which features herself and featherweight champion Conor McGregor on the cover.

In an exclusive interview with Phoenix Carnevale from, Rousey talked about her experience and thoughts being in the latest and greatest video game.

"Today I came for the full body scan and the motion capture, the little nuances and stuff that they add to the game to make you an individual and not just a cookie cutter character," said Rousey, who spent about 10 to 15 minutes last week posing for the motion capture.

See the Ronda Rousey photo gallery participating in EA UFC 2 motion capture technology

The video game is featuring a range of female fighters for the first time since a women's division appeared in the promotion in 2013, and also has some special fantasy fighters such as Bas Rutten, Kazushi Sakuraba, and "Iron" Mike Tyson.

MMA reporters were given an opportunity to try out the video game, and Carnevale described to Rousey how quickly she became emotionally invested while playing Frankie Edgar against Conor McGregor.

When asked whether she's had a chance to play as herself, Rousey said no because it "freaks her out" not to be in control of her own body. However, the "Rowdy" one did say she enjoys throwing down as UFC welterweight kingpin "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler.

"Because he's more of a stand and trade kind of guy. Not just as a fan, he's great to watch, but as something who doesn't know the buttons very well I just keep pressing buttons and he just keeps throwing," said Rousey, laughing.

EA UFC 2 is for XBox One and Playstation 4 and will be available in stores in North America on March 15 and in Europe on March 17.

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