So the M-1 Global Press Conference Call just ended and it was a filled with what we already know, they are still negotiating a contract with Fedor. The most exciting part of the half hour long press call was the announcement that Fedor is going to headline EA Sports MMA. We’re not sure what they mean by ‘headline’. If it means every one that preorders gets an overhand right directly to the temple; it sounds promising enough for me to drop $60 on it (and another $800 on medical bills). Now that it’s been announced that Fedor will officially be in the game, we’re still waiting for the follow up announcement that EA Sports has signed Galactus, a Siberian Tiger, the bubonic plague and Green Lantern as fight worthy competition. Here are some excerpts from the press release:
“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. “I know MMA fans have been wanting to play as me and pitting me against any opponent. Now they will have their opportunity.”
“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.”
In addition to appearing in the EA SPORTS MMA video game, Mousasi and Sobral will be sponsored by EA SPORTS for the STRIKEFORCE fight.
EA SPORTS MMA will feature the most authentic, intense and broad mixed martial arts experience to date – complete with a vast array of top fighters and fighting styles from around the world. EA SPORTS MMA will be available on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system and the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system.
So with Fedor officially signed, that’s one down and nine more to go. It was also mentioned in the press conference that Fedor being signed with EA will not hinder his efforts to join the UFC. [Source]