Mike Tyson Is In The New UFC Game

Mike Tyson, the boxer, has just been announced as a character in the upcoming EA Sports UFC 2.

Does this make any sense at all? Does it matter? These are difficult questions.

I'm a fan of the decision. It probably makes about as much sense as adding Bruce Lee to the roster in the first EA Sports UFC, so it's difficult to get too narky about this decision. EA has been pretty clever at bringing mainstream martial artists into the mix to help boost the series to an audience less invested in MMA as a sport. Tyson is a good choice in that regard.

Partly because of his status but also because in recent years Tyson has become somewhat of a fixture in the UFC. He's been attending shows, flying around with Dana White on his private jet. Recently he was asked what advice he would give to aspiring boxers and he replied, "go to MMA".

We've also seen Tyson catching up with fighters like Ronda Rousey and Jonny Hendricks.

The love flows both ways. Most MMA fighters today grew up watching Tyson and it's interesting to watch them meet Tyson and get starstruck. UFC Light Heavyweight Glover Texiera might be Tyson's biggest fan.

EA released a whole bunch of fun videos with MMA fighters talking about Tyson and his impact.

Here's ex-Heavyweight Champion Bas Rutten:

And here's UFC President Dana White:

I'm keen. I have no idea how he will play in the game, given that Mike Tyson has never grappled and would be lost if a fight hit the floor. Should be fun regardless.


Comments

    I'm kind of hoping that whenever you fight him, it turns into punch out,

      Like Nightmares in Wolfenstein! Would love this!!!

    Yes it makes sense!!! When the UFC started everyone wanted Tyson to fight!!! There were always signs in the early days all over the crowd just saying "Where's Tyson?" and "Tyson v Gracie"

    It was what most early UFC fans talked about as it was Boxer vs BJJ etc etc back then, rather than a m,ore rounded MMA scene like there is today

    Case in point: http://gracieoxford.com/uploads/2/8/3/9/2839898/5839148_orig.jpg

    It makes perfect sense!!!

    It's completely fine, in terms of MMA culture; boxing is a great part of MMA's foundation. But it's odd when you think about gameplay...

    Tyson should have next-to-zero ground game, but he probably will have some in this game (because he's pretty useless without it). I hope that the developers, instead of just whacking on some generic values to the ground game stats, they make a game mode out of it, like a Career Mode, but for the Tyson character.

    Imagine; 1989, WBC, WBA, IBF and "The Ring" heavyweight title holder Mike Tyson, announces he's moving from Boxing to MMA. He starts training in other disciplines, UFC instantly signs him. His first fight arrives, his grappling/ground game stats are based on your pre-fight training mini-games and in reality, are pretty terrible. The first fight begins...

    THIS, is Tyson Mode.

    They had bruce lee in the last one, so why not? :)

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