Bruce Lee Never Fought in the UFC, Yet He's the UFC Game's Most-Used Fighter

The martial artist and actor has been played as more than the likes of Georges St-Pierre and Jon "Bones" Jones.

Electronic Arts today shared an infographic full of figures regarding player habits in EA Sports UFC since its release a month ago. More interesting to me than the millions of fights that have taken place is the fact that the fighter who's been used the most is the one who's never actually fought in the UFC: Bruce Lee.

Lee, the actor and martial artist, has been chosen 3.41 million times in the game's first month of availability. That puts him just ahead of some of the sport's biggest names, Jon "Bones" Jones and Georges St-Pierre, both of whom have been played 3.4 million times. From there it's a big drop off, with Anderson Silva being the only other person to be played as more than 3 million times.

It's noteworthy that Lee is the top fighter given that he isn't someone you can access right out of the gate (unless you preordered). To unlock him, you need to either finish the game's career mode on the hard difficulty or pay for access to him ($2 per weight class, or $6 to get him in four weight classes).

Beyond that, there's that point about how not only did he never fight in the UFC, he never even heard of it--the UFC wasn't founded until 20 years after his death. Additionally, Lee never fought competitively. This was the source of some UFC fans' complaints when Lee was announced as a fighter in the game earlier this year. When GameSpot spoke with his daughter, Shannon Lee, at the time, she had what I think was the right attitude by realizing this is about fun. "[T]his isn't real life; this is fun, Bruce Lee liked to have fun," she said. "This is an opportunity to live out a fighting fantasy. And I think we should all be grateful that the technology exists to have some fun in this way."

That said, not anyone would necessarily be allowed in a UFC game just because it would be fun. UFC president Dana White recently said he'd be okay with Chuck Norris, but ruled out the likes of Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Arnold Schwarzenegger's version of Hercules. (The Rock's version, on the other hand, would be fine.)

You can check out EA's infographic on UFC--highlighting the 65.7 million fights that have taken place, and the fact that the side control kimura is the preferred submission of gamers--below.

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Souldogg
Souldogg

This is just like the argument about professional basketball... I hate to tell a lot of you fellas, but everything in the world is NOT getting better over time. If Bruce had not died or gotten old, he would still wreck complete shop on anyone anywhere near his size, or he would be smart enough to train himself until he could.

jellyman68
jellyman68

I still don't get all the bashing of this game. I've played it for hours and I find it quite realistic and very fun.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

So we aren't ever going to have Mario in a UFC game? :)   Hey, that's another way Nintendo can recycle their core characters in yet another game, make a Mario-themed MMA game.  That would actually be interesting.

losstoney
losstoney

hahaha every time i look at this game, i get disappointed. Had pretty high hopes for a proper UFC game to be played tactical and with skill at high level. Totally useless game 

unforgivensheep
unforgivensheep

Why is it that Fighting games like Soul Caliber, Tekken or Mortal Kombat are more fluid than the UFC games and Wrestling games . With all the tech systems have nowadays couldn't they put more physics into it than graphics. 


You would think being Bruce Lee , You would have speed increase . But no it looks like all the fighters are slow and unresponsive to the actions .

Carpetfluff
Carpetfluff

I'd be willing to bet there's a decent percentage of people who don't usually feel the urge to buy a UFC game that got this because of Bruce Lee's inclusion.

monster637
monster637

damn so many ignorant people on here, bruce lee was the grandfather of mma , his whole style and work was about taking out all the nonsense of styles and learning as much as you could from all wrestling judo boxing  thai boxing any style and throwing away the useless.  plus lets be honest in the streets he would have murdered all the ufc fighters with his weapon training..... with a tree limb

mkeezay22
mkeezay22

"Beyond that, there's that point about how not only did he never fight in the UFC, he never even heard of it--the UFC wasn't founded until 20 years after his death. Additionally, Lee never fought competitively."

Actually he did compete in at least one martial arts tournament, you can find the footage online.

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

Are you sure? Are you sure Bruce Lee never fought in the 1993 founded UFC?

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

P.S did you know B.E.A.T.I.N.G makes your comment pending? whats wrong with whoever created this comments pending system? B.e.a.t.i.n.g doesnt always mean something sexual. Whoever designed this comment pending system has a terrible vocabulary and must think only in sexual thoughts.

91210user
91210user

Maybe EA is going to put all these other martial artists that never fought in the UFC to try and sell their next MMA game. Chuck Norris, Jackie Chan, Steven Seagal. They're all going to be in that game.

timthegem
timthegem

I suppose your next story will be about the frequency that Ted Williams is used in baseball video games despite the fact that his frozen skull never gazed upon them. Riveting stuff.

kenundrum7
kenundrum7

I think if Bruce Lee fought in UFC, his legend would have been erased.

randybumgardner
randybumgardner

They just stuck his image on a generic character model.  A flaming insult to him and his art and a disappointment to any fans that can tell the difference.

hitomo
hitomo

haha ... remember back in the 90s ... when this was called just 'Cage.Fight' and it was all about seeing guys b.ea.ting each other to bloody p.u.lps?


now its called 'mix.martial.artas' ... 'wich is a nice form to describe that its just uncoordinated b.r.utal viol.e.nce


or why do you think a real martial artist is the biggest selling point of this game,

using him like this post mortem is really crude ...

sephirothsfan02
sephirothsfan02

Make a game full of famous martial artist, without the tedious grappling and you`ve got yourself a winner. Traditional fighting games are dead, casuals want more realistic fighting... meh I wish I was in the gaming industry, I`d make lots of $$$ 

PHOENIXZERO
PHOENIXZERO

Of course he is, the world is full of Bruce Lee marks. You could make up a "Bruce Lee List of Facts" like the old Chuck Norris fad and they'd believe it regardless of how ridiculous they get.

neskins
neskins

Why would anyone pass on of playing the Legendary Bruce Lee?

ecurl143
ecurl143

To be honest, if the game incorporated all of Bruce Lee's attributes, you would have to include a ton of post processing, especially blur, because that's pretty much all you'd see in real life.

NTM23
NTM23

I think people like the 'what if?' scenarios. 

berserker66666
berserker66666

Bruce Lee or not, this game is freaking horrible.

evildead6789
evildead6789

dawn i was expecting some super fast jeet kune do stuff


but lol this game is so ...


suck balls


coop36
coop36

Because water can flow, or it can crash. Be like water my friend.

saturatedbutter
saturatedbutter

He's a sensational character they threw in to spice it up. I'm sure if Homer Simpson were in it there would be the same effect.

Smosh150
Smosh150

So is this more like EA's previous game MMA or more like the Undisputed series? Would love to play this as I really miss MMA, but I don't think I would buy a next generation console for this.

BrunoBRS
BrunoBRS

why would you not choose him?


granted, i should first be asking why did you buy this?

sampson3121
sampson3121

funny, he doesn't even fight like Bruce did.

veryDERPY
veryDERPY

of coruse ppl wanna see how bruce would stack up in ufc. the question is, is he anything like undisputed 3 jon jones who's OP AS FAWK?

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

Boy... as if the idea of buying characters isn't bad enough, now you can pay for a character FOUR TIMES just to use the character in 4 weight classes.

lonesamurai1
lonesamurai1

I still can't believe people actually bought this, but I imagine Bruce Lee's inclusion is the only bright spot about this garbage game.

ahpuck
ahpuck

That's cause he is Chuck Norris daddy. Fact.

monster637
monster637

@Carpetfluff they should if they just want to have fun and dont mind being let down...the games very random and knockouts are very random....most fight  end in 1st round by strange you just knock them out or you get knocked out, the submission system is horrible... but its ok for non competitive casuals... they could fix it with a proper patch to increase stamina and reduce damage and try to tweak the subsystem
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They went by stats instead of trying to balance the fighters, so you mostly only see the top 2 fighters in each class being played online , but mostly the champs that easily dominate the rest of the cast... in the women's ronda is over pwered as hell

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

@91210user  Chuck Norris, was actually a real world champion (and he stated in an interview that he didnt like being the guy that gets beat in Bruce Lees movie, because he believed that he would of beaten Bruce in a real fight) as was jean claude van-damme. Interesting story van -Damme actually challenged Seagal to a real fight and Seagal never showed up. So out of all of them Chuck and van Damme deserve to be in it and werent just actors with martial arts experience that were awesome at choreography. Van damme and Norris were true prize fighting champions and most likely WOULD of been in the UFC had it been available when they were prize fighting. 

evildead6789
evildead6789

@kenundrum7 I think you don't realize what time era this was. Like current mma fighters he wasn't busy playing playstation, posting on facebook, and living a normal life.


His training schedule was harder than that of a shaolin monk and he mixed different styles to win streetfights, and he always won streetfights. If he put his mind on the ufc, he would simply have beaten everyone. His power and speed was something that hadn't been seen before and we haven't seen since as well.


People who train like crazy simply don't exist anymore, society doesn't care for it and with all the knowledge of health and lifestyle you have to be insane to be actually doing this today.Being a topathlete nowis not exactly healthy either but bruce lee took mma way more serious than anyone ever did, or does.

BARRICADE_28
BARRICADE_28

@kenundrum7 The guy was an amazing athlete and martial artist, I think he could have dominated a lighter weight class like Jose Aldo has.  Lee would need to learn a lot more about jiu-jitsu/grappling/submissions but he had the talent and discipline to do so.

jellyman68
jellyman68

@kenundrum7 Probably, but that's because the UFC wasn't created until Bruce had been dead for over 20 years, which would have given his opponent a significant advantage. If he was alive he'd have been in his 50s and fighting people twice his size and half his age.

lonewolf1044
lonewolf1044

@kenundrum7  Maybe and maybe not, Bruce Lee was a martial arts expert and created his own style of martial art making him a genius in Martial arts. He was able to bring down those bigger than him size and that says a lot. I think he would have adapted to whatever style was used in UFC. But then again all is in theory and he remains a legend.

jellyman68
jellyman68

@hitomo The UFC was never called "Cage Fight". The organisation itself has always been called the Ultimate Fighting Championships and the sport has been around in one form or another since 648 BC when it was first introduced to the Greek Olympics under the name of pankration.

chuckles471
chuckles471

@hitomo Calling MMA "uncoordinated".  *facepalm*


Yes, it's called mixed martial arts because any move within the rules is acceptable.  The days of the brawlers and one style masters are gone, they get destroyed by most people who have continued to learn.  That's what real martial artists do, they continue to learn and most got that from Bruce Lee.  


Also the list of fighters professions from the top of my head before they were in MMA.  School teachers, police, Olympians, IT consultant, a karate master and a actual war hero.  Yes, they are all savages.


And a question.  How would you test martial artists?

JackNief
JackNief

@evildead6789 I think we all were expecting such. As it stands, he doesn't move right, he seems too... brawly, or something.

rayankawash
rayankawash

@BrunoBRS because this isnt boxing/kickboxing . he has a huge disadvantage in grappling 

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

@lonewolf1044 @kenundrum7 yet all the people he trained in his dojo, lost their competition fights i read. Bruce Lee was awesome at what Bruce Lee did. But Some people are really good at their own style and technique, yet their personal style that made them really good, isnt effective for everyone in real competition.


Just because Anderson Silva or Machida are amazing fighters that use their personal techniques to their advantage and win with it, doesnt mean that everyone that employs their techniques are going to do as well as them.


Bruce Lee had a personal style that looked great in movies. But as far as real competition goes, who knows how effective it would be. Without him actually competing in the cage.

IAMTYLERDURDEN
IAMTYLERDURDEN

@nyran125tk Many UFC fighters incorporate Jeet Kun Do into their styles. Many of them are inspired by Bruce Lee so his legend goes far beyond the movies. Jeet Kun Do isn't just a "style" of fighting like Karate or Kung Fu. Bruce created it to be adaptive. He also wasn't just a "movie fighter". He was ahead of his time.