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EA signs Emelianenko for MMA game

8/3/2009

When Dana White said that he would ban any fighter from the UFC who signs on for EA Sports' MMA video game, he probably never expected that he wouldn't have to bother, at least regarding top ranked heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko. Just a few short weeks after White's threat of exile, Emelianenko has inked deals with both UFC rival Strikeforce and EA Sports. EA also signed Gegard Mousasi and Renato Sobral, both of whom will be featured in a title bout at the Strikeforce fight on August 15.

"I have fought all over the world and I am excited to be in EA Sports MMA because this game is going to show the global appeal of mixed martial arts," said Emelianenko via press release. "I know MMA fans have been wanting to play as me and pitting me against any opponent. Now they will have their opportunity."

For gamers not familiar with each of these fighters, the EA press release also details each of their careers as follows:

"Emelianenko, a 6'0", 231 pound Russian heavyweight mixed martial arts fighter, who excels in Sambo and Judo, holds a 30-1 record and is the current WAMMA Heavyweight champion. Prior to signing on with STRIKEFORCE, Emelianenko defended his WAMMA championship by knocking out former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski.

Gegard Mousasi, a former Dream Middleweight champion, has a current record of 25-2-1 and won his last match in Dream 9 against Mark Hunt this past May. The 6'1", 185 pound Dutch-Armenian fighter will be taking on Renato Sobral to determine STRIKEFORCE's Light Heavyweight champion and has a fight style that is a unique blend of Dutch kickboxing and judo.

Sobral, hailing from Brazil, is known for his aggressive style, grappling prowess, and high-caliber submissions. He is the current STRIKEFORCE Light Heavyweight champion and has a record of 35-8 with his last victory coming against Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou at Affliction: Day of Reckoning fight earlier this year."

In addition to appearing in the EA Sports MMA video game, Mousasi and Sobral will also be sponsored by EA Sports for the STRIKEFORCE fight.

"I am very excited to have Fedor, the number one heavyweight in the world, as one of the top fighters in EA Sports MMA," said Executive Producer Dale Jackson. "He is one of the elite fighters in the sport today and will provide the ultimate competition for our gamers. The EA Sports MMA team at Tiburon has been working on the game for over a year already and we will have a lot more great fighters and other exciting news to talk about soon."