UFC 2009 Undisputed Video Game

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The next generation UFC video game now has a name, “UFC 2009 Undisputed.”

UFC 2009 Undisputed is an explosive fighting game that will detail the action, intensity and attitude of a UFC live event. Players will explore a deep roster of more than 80 top fighters in UFC competition across all five weight classes. In addition, they will enter the Octagon surrounded by the sport’s popular commentators, announcers, referees, trainers, Octagon girls and more. Photorealistic models are at the forefront, as players will view amazing ripple effects across the faces and bodies of their fighters from the impact of devastating punches and kicks.

“As the leading fighting videogame publisher, we feel the rising popularity of the UFC brand and its incredible mixed martial arts experience make UFC 2009 Undisputed the perfect addition to our expanding portfolio,” said Bob Aniello, senior vice president, worldwide marketing, THQ. “UFC 2009 Undisputed is certain to be the most realistic fighting game to date, including advanced collision detection and AI systems that incorporate individual fighter styles.”

“UFC offers the fighting videogame genre a fresh and innovative look inside today’s most exciting live sporting event in the world,” said Dana White, president, UFC. “UFC 2009 Undisputed represents a significant opportunity for us to expand our growing, global audience and allow fans to step into the virtual Octagon™ to compete against the world’s most prominent mixed martial arts fighters.”

A new trailer will be unveiled tonight on Spike TV’s GameTrailers TV, which airs at 1AM. Host Geoff Keighley will be joined by Dana White to reveal two “key” fighters in the game. Rampage Jackson and Forrest Griffin, anyone?

“It’s always an honor when GTTV has the opportunity to debut the first look at a brand new game, and unveiling THQ’s UFC 2009 trailer is no exception,” said Geoff Keighley, host of GTTV. “This game trailer takes fans into the Octagon™ with some of the best UFC fighters in the world and will leave their ears ringing with excitement.”

From the screenshots, the game is looking pretty sweet. It appears to be very detailed, especially with referree Mario Yamasaki, ‘Stitch,’ and Rampage’s trainer, Juanito Ibarra appearing in the game. It certainly has the potential to be the best MMA video game to date, as long as they can get the gameplay and controls down. That will be the ultimate measure on how good or bad this game is, as previous incarnations have failed there in the past.

We’ll get the new trailer up as soon as its available.

[UPDATE 6/21/08 1:40PM ET]The new UFC 2009 Undisputed Trailer is posted.