It has been over six months since UFC president Dana White announced his war with EA Sports over their EA MMA video game. As part of his battle call, Dana White announced that he would ban any fighter who appeared in the EA MMA video game from fighting in the UFC. Cooler heads and reality have prevailed and Dana White has lifted the EA MMA fighters ban.
Dana White first declared war on EA Sports back in July. In addition to calling out EA Sports, Dana White called out the EA MMA roster. When asked about fighters in the EA MMA game White told the media, “You won’t be in the UFC,” White said about additional fighters who sign with EA Sports.
Dana White has now officially acknowledged that the ban on EA MMA fighters has been lifted. White was interviewed by Kotaku.com at the UFC Undisputed 2010 release party. Dana White said the following when asked about the ban.
“Nah, some people have crossed over,” he told Kotaku, “But believe me this is still going to continue to be a battle. …they’re the me-toos. The UFC game is the original game.”
Let’s be honest here for a minute. Never did I think that Dana White would follow through on this ban. Do you mean to tell me that if they came together on a financial deal with Fedor that Dana White would pull the plug because he is in the EA MMA video game? Not too mention, there are several potential future UFC fighters in the game. I have a feeling that if the money was fight guys like Gegard Mousasi, King Mo, Frank Shamrock, Jake Shields, Robbie Lawler, and Nick Diaz would all be fighting in the UFC whether they appear in the EA MMA video game or not.
So rest easy MMA fans, the UFC door has not been locked forever on some of your favorite fighters. The other half of the EA roster never stood much of a chance of jumping into the UFC in the first place.
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