EA Sports UFC has had a hard time since its release. Mediocre reviews, unintentionally hilarious GIFs... I'm still enjoying the game on some levels, but in the lead up to UFC 175, the biggest UFC event of the year so far, what I really want to see from the game are some simulated predictions. Come on EA Sports UFC, tell me who is going to win this weekend!
Using the game itself, EA has attempted to predict who will win in the two big title fights this weekend -- Chris Weidman vs Lyoto Machida and Ronda Rousey vs Alexis Davis.
As a fight fan, the outcome of the Ronda Rousey vs Alexis Davis fight seems pretty elementary. EA Sports UFC has Ronda winning via armbar submission. That's how she's won every single one of her fights except one so that seems like a pretty fair guess. Factor in the fact that Alexis is a 20 to 1 underdog (the highest odds against any fighter in a UFC fight ever) and you don't have to be a genius to suggest that Ronda Rousey might win that scrap.
The Chris Weidman vs Lyoto Machida fight is a little tougher to call. EA Sports UFC has Weidman winning by TKO in the second round, which is reasonable considering he just beat Anderson Silva -- the consensus greatest fighter of all time -- twice in back to back fights. There is an argument to be made, however, that Weidman was simply a bad match up for Silva. There is also an argument to be made that Machida is a bad match up for Weidman -- his elusive striking has been tricky for other fighters with a wrestling base (like Weidman) and Machida has looked incredible ever since moving down to Middleweight from Light Heavyweight (where he was an ex-champion). I still think Weidman will win, but I have a feeling the fight will go the distance.
Either way, I'm really looking forward to the fights this weekend and, all glitch jokes aside, EA Sports UFC did a pretty decent job with this little prediction video.