“Rowdy” Ronda Rousey won't be the sole fighter on the cover of EA Sports UFC 2, the previously undefeated fighter will be accompanied by either Jose Aldo or Irish fighter Conor McGregor following their face off at the upcoming UFC 194 on December 12th.
Over on the official EA website they unleashed a press release indicating that EA Sports UFC 2's second cover athlete would be determined by a fight. They aren't just randomly picking fighters to star on the cover.
The choice boils down between Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor. The two will face off against one another on December 12th and the winner will be the one to stand behind the “Rowdy” one on the cover of the upcoming sequel to EA Sports UFC.
Jamie McKinlay, VP of marketing at EA Sports, commented in the press release about the new method they're using to pick the cover athlete for EA Sports UFC 2, stating...
Fight for the Cover is another way we are bringing an authentic and exciting experience to the fans, [...] From the Octagon at UFC 194 on December 12, to the Octagon in EA SPORTS UFC 2, this is a huge moment in UFC and EA SPORTS history, and we’re thrilled to be a part of it.
Next to Ronda Rousey, Conor McGregor is probably one of the only few UFC stars regularly talked about. He's been making a name for himself with his outlandish antics and strangely eloquent sense of style. The featherweight championship will be on the line at UFC 194 and Dana White is looking to make big bank on the fight between McGregor and Aldo.
This news probably looks like EA backing away from Rousey after she suffered a devastating defeat at the hands of the undefeated former boxing champion and kickboxing extraordinaire Holly Holm. The two went at it where Rousey took the loss at UFC 193 thanks to a well placed left roundhouse kick to the head by Holm.
However, EA is walking back Rousey's cover spot on the EA Sports UFC sequel, they're just adding another character behind her is all. Some have also felt as if this was the curse of the EA cover coming to bite Rousey the way it has for many NFL stars who have taken the cover spot on EA's popular Madden NFL series.
The only thing about it this time around is that if McGregor loses could anyone actually blame it on the EA cover slot since he's not guaranteed to be on it? And if McGregor wins and does make the cover does that mean he may lose the next fight after that?
The Irishman only has two losses on his record so it will be interesting to see how this all pans out and if the curse of the EA cover affects the Dublin native.
On the upside for Rousey she's at least getting an opportunity at redemption via a rematch with Holm, so maybe she can work some magic against that fateful EA curse that has plagued many athletes in the past.
EA Sports UFC 2 is due for release this upcoming spring in 2016 for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.