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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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Watch: Bellator 185 Prelims

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Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Complete Bellator 185: Mousasi vs. Shlemenko Fight Card:

Middleweight Main Event: Gegard Mousasi (42-6-2) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (56-9, 1 NC)

Welterweight Feature Bout: Neiman Gracie (6-0) vs. Zak Bucia (18-8)

Women’s Flyweight Feature Bout: Heather Hardy (1-0) vs. Kristina Williams (Debut)

Lightweight Feature Bout: Ryan Quinn (13-7) vs. Marcus Surin (4-0)

Women’s Flyweight Feature Bout: Ana Julaton (2-2) vs. Lisa Blaine (1-0)

Preliminary Card:

Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Jordan Young (6-0) vs. Alec Hooben (5-3)

Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Costello van Steenis (8-1) vs. Steve Skrzat (8-9)

Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Vinicius de Jesus (5-1) vs. Joaquin Buckley (7-1)

Lightweight Preliminary Bout: John Beneduce (2-1) vs. Dean Hancock (2-1)

Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Timothy Wheeler (1-4) vs. Pete Rogers (2-4)

150 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Don Shainis (3-1) vs. Matthew Denning (5-6)

150 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Frank Sforza (6-0) vs. Vovka Clay (3-2)

Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Kevin Carrier (Pro Debut) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (Pro Debut)

Flyweight Preliminary Bout: John Lopez

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Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217

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UFC 217 just got even more interesting. Earlier this week, Patrick Cummins pulled out of his light heavyweight matchup with Corey Anderson due to a Staph infection. Corey “Overtime” Anderson was not happy with his opponents decision, even calling out his opponent on Instagram asking how Cummins could, “call it quits so far from fight night”.

The UFC left Anderson on the card, and he found an opponent through the magic of Twitter. Ovince Saint Preux tweeted out directly to Anderson stating:

It didn’t take long for Anderson to respond agreeing to the fight, tagging Mick Maynard and Dana White in his response.

Only a few short hours later, the fight announcement came from the official UFC twitter account.

 

This top 10 Light Heavyweight matchup should add to an already amazing card coming in November at Madison Square Garden. Saint Preux is coming off of back to back wins both due to the very rare von flue choke, he finds himself ranked #7th in the latest edition of the 205-pound rankings. Corey “Overtime” Anderson is 4-2 in his last 6 fights, but is coming off a brutal first round knockout loss to Jimi Manuwa in March.

With such a exciting fight added to this card, what do you see happening November 4th?  Will Corey Anderson bounce back and look to jump into the top 5 of the rankings, or will Ovince Saint Preux go for a third straight von flue choke? Let us know.

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*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results

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Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.

Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)

Main Card:

Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)

Preliminary Card:

Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)

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