EA Sports held a press conference earlier today to announce a few more additions to it’s roster including Brett Rogers and Jake Shields and most notably Strikeforce as it’s “premier league.”
With this partnership, the STRIKEFORCE cage and the league’s commentary team of Frank Shamrock and Mauro Ranallo, as well as ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr., will be incorporated into the game. Legendary mixed martial arts referee “Big John” McCarthy will preside over the in-ring action and bring his in-depth knowledge of the sport to help deliver a truly authentic MMA experience.
“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.”
Tomorrow night’s STRIKEFORCE fight, to be broadcast on national network television by CBS, will undoubtedly be one of the most watched mixed martial arts fights in history. EA SPORTS MMA fighter roster will feature four of the main card’s fighters, including Fedor Emelianenko, Brett Rogers, Jake Shields and Jason Miller.
Middle Easy was at the presser and confirmed that there will be other promotions in the game, but it’s unknown at this point which ones that will be. Since Strikeforce is the only other major US promotion, that only leaves the smaller regional and local shows which could be a cool addition for a career mode. EA has expressed interest in signing some of the international talent as well so adding DREAM to the game seems like a possibility (in which case signing Lenne Hardt is an absolute must). I don’t know which route they’re taking or if it’s both, but having multiple promotions in the game definitely opens up a lot of cool possibilities.
Also, in case you missed it, “Big” John McCarthy was announced as a ref for the game earlier this week.
One last thing, don’t forget EA will be showing a first-look preview of the game featuring Fedor Emelianenko and Brett Rogers during tomorrow night’s broadcast, so if you gotta get up to grab a beer or hit the bathroom, I suggest doing it while they’re showing those creepy skinless CGI fighters demonstrating an armbar.