Logo courtesy of EA.
I can now officially reveal that EA Sports will feature Strikeforce as a premier league in their upcoming MMA video game.
For the first time, EA also announced that Brett Rogers and Jake Shields (both of whom will be fighting tomorrow evening at the Sears Centre here in Chicago) will join the roster of fighters. Previously announced fighters include Ukrainian man-bear Feodor Emelianenko (did you know one of his favorite pastimes is drawing?) and Jason "Mayhem" Miller, both of whom are also fighting tomorrow night at the Sears Centre. The fight, which will be one of the most-watched MMA events in history, will be nationally broadcast on CBS. Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal and his chain will also be featured in the game.
Strikeforce commenters Frank Shamrock and Mauro Ranallo and ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr. will be part of the game as well. One of MMA's best refs, "Big John" McCarthy, will not only be featured in the game, but is providing the EA team with insights that will be incorporated in the game's design.
“We are honored that EA Sports has selected Strikeforce to serve as a premier league in its forthcoming MMA title,” said Strikeforce President Scott Coker. “EA Sports has long been recognized by gamers as a highly innovative, ground breaking provider of sports gaming entertainment. We are confident that EA Sports MMA will function as a great ambassador for Strikeforce's fighters and effectively promote our sport to a new audience as well as to longtime fight fans."
“We are very excited to be working with Strikeforce and feature them as a premier league in our game,” said Executive Producer Dale Jackson. “They have a wealth of mixed martial arts expertise, put on great shows and have a great stable of top-notch fighters. Together we look forward to growing the sport and delivering an immersive interactive gaming experience.”
Stay tuned to my site on November 11th, when I'll give you a first look at EA MMA. No one's going to have these details earlier than me, and they're going to be good. I'd tell you now, but EA threatened to sic Big John on me. I think they were kidding. I hope they were kidding.