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EA Sports MMA (also known as EA MMA) is an upcoming video game which will be published by EA Sports and developed by EA Tiburon in 2010. It will be released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.[3] At the E3 games convention, EA Sports MMA announced that the game would be released on October 19, 2010 in North America and October 22, 2010 everywhere else.

Game details

On June 1, 2009, Electronic Arts announced that an all-new fighting title is in development under the EA Sports brand. EA Sports MMA will be available in 2010 on the Xbox 360 and PS3. Its website did not reveal any facts about the gameplay or its release date, just one link to sign up for the EA Sports newsletter and another that directs people to EA Sports' MMA forum.[4] This game will have many options to create the ultimate MMA experience.

It was announced that the first trailer would be shown on CBS, during Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers on November 7, 2009. The trailer featured Emelianenko and Rogers performing a variety of attacks and defenses against each other. The trailer ended with both of the men about to punch each other in the face. It was announced that EA MMA would feature Strikeforce as its flagship promotion.[5]

An article posted on December 15, mentioned the following details:

  • Deals with other MMA promotions, in addition to the announced Strikeforce deal, are "highly likely, including at least one of the big Japanese groups." FSM says one unannounced top fighter "regularly competes in Sengoku Raiden Championship, aka World Victory Road."
  • Venues include both rings and cages. FSM says EA's on the fence about whether restarts will be included for ring fights. (It "might make for jarring gameplay," the article says.)
  • The game includes Pride-style rules in addition to standard Unified Rules.
  • The game includes the ability to fight southpaw- or orthodox, execute foot stomps and fight on the cage, with deep clinchwork and countering.
  • Mauro Ranallo and Frank Shamrock will be providing commentary.[6]

Randy Couture and Fedor Emelianenko will be on the US cover. Hidehiko Yoshida and Fedor Emelianenko will be on the Japanese cover.[8]

The game will also feature 'Live Broadcasts' that can be viewed from PC or consoles. The player will be able to upload hype videos, which will help to increase popularity. Real life prizes will be given out to a certain level.[9]



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UFC controversy

UFC president Dana White has declared himself "at war" with EA over the development of the EA Sports MMA video game. White assumed that he initially wanted EA to develop UFC 2009 Undisputed and remarks "EA Sports told us, 'You're not a real sport. We wouldn't touch this thing. We want nothing to do with this.'" "We put our asses on the line, THQ and the UFC, to make a video-game deal in the worst economy in the world," White told reporters recently. "We go out there and do this thing, and it's successful, and now [expletive] EA Sports wants to do a video game.[12]

In response to these allegations, EA Sports have since claimed that Dana White held a meeting with EA in Los Angeles, who are responsible for such games as The Sims; a separate entity from their EA Sports brand.

White warned the fighters who intend to be included in the upcoming EA Sports MMA game release, claiming that "If you do business with EA, you won't be in the UFC". Former UFC heavyweight champions Tim Sylvia[13] and Andrei Arlovski, as well as still under contract Frank Trigg (who has now been released from his UFC Contract following his loss to Matt Serra [14]) and Vladimir Matyushenko[15] confirmed their presence in the EA Sports MMA video game. Fan favorite Randy Couture was under contract with UFC before agreeing to be a part of EA Sports MMA, but is able to take part in the game due to never signing over his likeness to the UFC for use in video games. White has since changed his standpoint on this subject.[16]


EA Sports confirmed that the demo will be released on September 28, 2010 and will feature 4 fighters Alistair Overeem, Bobby Lashley, Jason "Mayhem" Miller and Jake Shields.


GameZone's Dakota Grabowski was able to find out more on EA Sports MMA, saying "What the team was able to confirm was that refs will never disappear from the match, ring girls will be present, authentic entrances will be put into action, and corner men will show up during rounds; although no official corner men will be provided. Lastly, they were able confirm that both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions will be exactly the same and no planned DLC will be exclusive to either platform."[17]

iPhone Version

It was announced on the 9th September via several media outlets and EA Sports official pages that the game would also have an iPhone release[18]. Only limited details are known of the game to date including that it will feature Couture and Emelianenko[19] along with having a create-a-fighter mode[20].


  1. MMA News
  3. Stewart, Kemuel (2008-06-01). E3 ‘09: EA Sports MMA Announced. GamerCenterOnline. Retrieved on 2008-06-01.
  4. /list/ EA Sports MMA Forum
  5. Strikeforce to be flagship promotion in upcoming "EA Sports MMA" videogame
  7. [1]
  9. E3 2010: Hype Yourself in EA Sports MMA
  10. EA SPORTS MMA to Feature STRIKEFORCE as a Premier League
  11. 11.0 11.1 WATCH VIDEO
  18. EA Mobile official twitter
  19.!/photo.php?pid=5012264&id=46940027345&ref=fbx_album EA Mobile official facebook
  20. EA Mobile official facebook

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