EA Sports has announced that Randy "The Natural" Couture has been signed for its upcoming EA Sports MMA. Couture will be "co-headlining" the game, along with the previously signed Fedor Emelianenko. In today’s press release, Couture said:
"I have been a part of MMA for over 10 years and I am excited about the global visibility that a game like EA Sports MMA will bring to the sport. Like my fighting career, I look forward to taking on all comers in EA Sports MMA."
Couture has been one of MMA’s most popular fighters in the last decade, racking up huge wins in UFC, including reigns as light heavyweight and heavyweight champion. This is a huge signing for EA Sports. Normally, I hate when press releases are issued on a Saturday, but this news has me jazzed.
It will be interesting to see how UFC president Dana White responds to the signing. In the past, he has made harsh statements about EA Sports MMA
and some sources have said that he will ban any UFC fighter that participates in the game
. White and Couture have had a rocky relationship in the past (mostly over White’s inability to arrange a fight with Emelianenko); Couture left UFC for a brief period, but resigned in September 2008. Unlike most UFC fighters, Couture controls his likeness rights, which is why he is able to appear in EA Sports MMA
while still being on the UFC roster. Couture is scheduled to fight Antonio Noguiera at UFC 102 on August 29.
What do you think about Randy Couture being involved with EA Sports MMA? Do you think Dana White will be throwing a tantrum over this news? You think he’ll kill Couture’s contract? Or will he dump him after the Noguiera fight?