UFC President Will No Longer Ban Fighters, But Still Has Contempt For EA
Written Wednesday, March 31, 2010 By Richard WalkerView author's profile
UFC President Dana White has lifted his threats to ban fighters that choose to appear in EA Sports MMA, but UFC fans that buy EA's game over the original THQ UFC Undisputed series, are "fucking nuts," he says.
When asked about whether White will enforce his promise to ban UFC fighters that appear in MMA, White told Kotaku, "Nah, some people have crossed over, but believe me this is still going to continue to be a battle. ...they're the me-toos. The UFC game is the original game."
White was also asked if he was worried about EA's status as a much larger publisher in relation to THQ and if he was at alll concerned about UFC Undisputed now having a major videogame rival, "Their earnings reports just came out and they suck. This company that used to control the whole video game world and were these big fucking giants, we'll see where they are in the next two years. And as as far as the MMA space goes, we'll kick the living shit out of them," he said.
Despite EA Sports' boss Peter Moore expressing that he's long respected Mixed Martial Arts as a sport, White still has a great deal of contempt for EA after he was reportedly told by the publisher that UFC isn't a real sport, as White recalls, "I talked to EA Sports about doing a Mixed Martial Arts game. They told us it's not a real sport. First of all, they wouldn't even take a meeting with us. They told us they would never do a game and now they're coming out with a fucking game. Johnny come latelys. Me-toos."
So, you really don't like EA Sports MMA then, Mr. White?
UFC Undisputed 2010 is slated for release this May.