Those of you hoping to get a little hands-on preview of EA Sports MMA before it ships on Oct. 19 are in luck. EA announced earlier today that an EA Sports MMA demo will be hitting Xbox Live and PSN on Sept. 28. A “MMA 101” interactive tutorial will be available, plus you’ll be able to play as Alistair Overeem, Bobby Lashley, Jake Shields and Jason “Mayhem” Miller in “Fight now” exhibition matches on four different skill levels. “Big” John McCarthy and Jimmy Lennon Jr. will handle officiating and announcing duties in the demo. And similar to what EA did with NCAA Football 11 and Madden 11, if you share the demo with a friend, you’ll unlock “Classic” Randy Couture as a playable character in the full game.

Sweet Japanese EA Sports MMA poster below (via BE).