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Mike Tyson Revealed as Playable Character in EA UFC 2

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A legend in the boxing ring is set to make his octagon debut on March 15 as Mike Tyson was, today, announced to be the latest playable character in EA Sports UFC 2 video game.

EA Sports announced the news via their Twitter account and the UFC confirmed via press release.

Tyson has been a long time fan an advocate of MMA and now joins Kazushi Sakuraba and Bas Rutten as playable legends in the game. Two versions of the former boxing champion will be available, ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson based on the young vicious version that devastated so many in the eighties and then ‘Legacy’ Mike Tyson based on him toward the end of his amazing career.

 

‘Iron’ Mike Tyson via EA Sports

 

‘Legacy’ Mike Tyson via EA Sports

 

 When you think about the most devastating fighters of all time, Mike Tyson is either around, or at the top of everyone’s list. It’s fun to think that if MMA was as popular back when he was competing as it is today, you might have seen Tyson put on four ounce gloves and step into the Octagon, said Creative Director Brian Hayes. This is one of those great ‘what ifs’ that we get to create when making a game like EA SPORTS UFC 2.


Winning the heavyweight title at the age of 20, Mike Tyson was one of the most feared and devastating fighters of his era. With 50 professional victories 44 of which came by way of knockout Mike Tyson carried a reputation that none would care to test even today.

As a huge fan, I’m honored to be part of EA Sports and explore the world of mixed martial arts, Tyson said in a statement. 

I follow UFC very closely and it’s going to be very cool to see how I would stack up against these amazing MMA athletes. – Mike Tyson

 

The selection of Tyson is a unique choice since Tyson has always been a pure boxer. If MMA history has shown us anything, it’s that pure boxers have never fared well in the octagon. From James Tony, to Art “One Glove” Jimerson, pure boxers and their staple of tactics and ringcraft have always made them susceptible to the whims and takedowns of grapplers. Even Bruce Lee had some semblance of a/an (albeit loose) grappling game that made the bending of his in-game statistics reasonably plausible.

This question has weighed heavily on the minds of combat sports fans everywhere and the team at EA Canada is no different. More surprising, though, was that Mike Tyson himself has often wondered ‘what if’. “As a huge fan, I’m honored to be part of EA SPORTS and explore the world of mixed martial arts,” said Mike Tyson. “I follow UFC very closely and it’s going to be very cool to see how I would stack up against these amazing MMA athletes.”

How will EA account for Tyson’s obvious MMA deficiencies? Is his inclusion an alternate history for Tyson? If a revisionist history Tyson had time to prepare for a theoretical UFC debut would he fashion himself into a Chuck Lidell-esque sprawl and brawler? Or will Tyson become a walking artillery array with Atom bombs for fists who becomes as helpless as an upside down turtle when he’s taken down? EA insists that Tyson should reflect how he was both at his prime and at the twilight of his career but we still have to get our hands on the game to see how it functions in-game.

Tyson is set to have the strongest punching power in the game, and you can compete in both the heavyweight and light heavyweight divisions using the character. As early as March 15th, players can Pre-Order the Delux Edition of EA UFC 2 (Xbox One, PS4) in order to gain Day-One Access. The Pre-Order purchase will include the already announced Bas Rutten, Kazushi Sakuraba, and now both ‘Iron Mike Tyson’ and ‘Legacy Mike Tyson’. For those not wanting to take an early Pre-Order dive, both Tysons can also be unlocked through in-game progression after making it to the Hall of Fame in Career Mode.

To see Tyson in action check out the video clip below.

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Sensor Equipped Tracking Gloves to be Used at UFC 219

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From implementing the likes of USADA, the UFC Performance Instiute and the introduction of the instant replay. The UFC has always prioritized being at the top of the sport science game. 

Now, at UFC 219 on December 30th, the Nevada State Athletic Commission has approved a test run for sensor equipped tracking gloves to be worn by a selection of fighters on the card.

The technology behind the gloves comes from AGI International (an analytics company) along with HEED (a consumer platform company). A collaboration founded by the UFC.

After a sparring exhibition between top lightweights, Edson Barbosa (19-4-0) and Mark Diakiese (12-1-0), HEED co-founder Mati Kochavi had this to say regarding how “70 insights” collected from sensors on the gloves, the corner-men, the octagon itself can depict a clearer image of a fight.

“Those insights are covering entire aspects  of the fight between Diakiese and Barbose. Their passion, power of the fight, resiliency and strategy. All happen in the octagon.“

Shouldn’t sport be told in real-time, with real data, information and emotions?”

He finally promises “We are a company which is trying to revolutionize the way we (broadcast) sports and live events”

As for now there is little to zero information into the technical aspects of the gloves, however products like a Fit Bit have similar abilities to give data on speed,  force, motion, elevation, heart rate etc.

The UFC 219 card takes place on Decemebr 30th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It will be headlined by a women’s featherweight title fight between current champion Cris Cyborg (18-1) and former UFC bantamweight champion, Holly Holm (11-3).

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Mark Hunt Returns to Fight Curtis Blaydes at UFC 221

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UFC 221 in Perth has officially added a another Australian to the main card. Joining Robert Whittaker is the knockout legend Mark Hunt.

The Daily Telegraph first reported that Hunt will be stepping into the octagon to face #9 Curtis Blaydes. Some weren’t sure if we would ever see Hunt fight again after he was pulled from the main event in UFC Fight Night 21 against Marcin Tybura. The UFC removed him due to “medical concerns” while Hunt was stating he was perfectly fine.

After getting evaluated and cleared to fight by Australian and American doctors, it looks like his time has come to return.  Hunt’s last fight was back in June when he derailed the Derrick Lewis hype train with a 4th round TKO win.

Hunt had been adamant about calling out #3 ranked heavyweight Fabricio Werdum and trying to get that rematch booked, labelling Werdum a “chicken shit” and a “coward.”

Curtis “Razor” Blaydes who has an 8-1 record, is coming off a TKO victory due to doctor stoppage at UFC 217 in November. Since losing to now title challenger Francis Ngannou in April of 2016, Blaydes has rattled off three straight wins over Alexey Oleynik, Daniel Omielanczuk, and Cody East.

With all this momentum from the win streak, Blaydes looks to capitalize and win the biggest fight of his career against Hunt.

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Angela Magana says she has been cut from the UFC

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Angela Magana announced her release from the UFC on Twitter yesterday.

The now-former UFC strawweight was 0-3, in as many contests with the promotion. Her most recent loss came at the hands of Amanda Cooper, at UFC 218, on the UFC Fight Pass Prelims. A bout which she lost by TKO in the second round.

Her first opportunity arose with the UFC when she appeared on, The Ultimate Fighter 20. A #12 seed, in the tournament of strawweights, Magana lost her preliminary round bout to #4 seed, Aisling Daly. Unfortunately, her promotional debut, on The Ultimate Fighter Finale: 20, resulted in another loss. Tecia Torres defeated Magana that night via unanimous decision. The following summer, Magana fought Michelle “Karate Hottie” Waterson at The Ultimate Fighter Finale: 21. Waterson won by submission (rear-naked choke) in the third round of the bout.

Oddly enough, following her July 2015, loss to Waterson and before her final bout with the UFC, Magana seemingly instigated a feud between herself and current featherweight champion, Cris Cyborg. A feud which began on social media and boiled over at the 2017 UFC Athlete Retreat. Disregarding her well-documented spat with Cris “Cyborg”, Magana managed her way through a storm of misfortune on her way to UFC 218.

After falling in love with Puerto Rico while on vacation, Magana moved to the island in the fall of 2016. Her entire life followed her there, as she began to train on the island she fell in love with. The tropical paradise turned to an apocalyptic wasteland following Hurricane Maria, the category five hurricane which decimated the area. The disaster became an extreme hindrance for the strawweight.

Her UFC 218 bout became official in early October. Yet, in spite of horrendous living conditions, she powered on through the natural disaster that left her home without power, until the week of the fight. Magana took to social media to tell fans that she would not stop fighting and is currently training for her next opportunity.

 

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