UFC Boss OK With Chuck Norris for a Future Game, But Not Trinity from The Matrix

Dana White also says no to Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Genghis Khan.

This year's EA Sports UFC featured martial arts legend Bruce Lee (who never actually fought competitively) as a playable character, but who might appear in a new entry in the series? UFC president Dana White says in a new interview with that he would "absolutely" put iconic actor/fighter Chuck Norris in a future game.

The revelation came as part of a TSN segment (above) where White was asked to give a Gladiator-style thumbs-up or thumbs-down verdict for a range of fighters--fictional and real. Here's how he voted.

  • Chuck Norris -- Yes
  • Kareem Abdul Jabbar - No
  • Trinity from The Matrix - No
  • Genghis Khan - No
  • Hercules (either Arnold Schwarzenegger or The Rock's version) - Yes, but only for The Rock
  • Mitsuyo Maeda - Yes

Of course, you shouldn't take White's verdicts as the final say on the matter Though White no doubt has some pull in the matter (he was instrumental in bringing Lee to this year's game, after all), his comments in this funny segment shouldn't serve as a total confirmation one way or the other for any of the fighters mentioned here.

In addition, no new EA Sports UFC game has been announced for 2015. However, when EA took over the UFC brand from THQ in 2012, the publisher said its partnership with the UFC was to span multiple years and multiple titles, making another EA Sports UFC game very likely.

EA Sports UFC launched last month for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. For more, check out GameSpot's review and what other critics are saying.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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KSSuperhero
KSSuperhero

Wow Chuck Norris thats almost as lame as the Bruce Lee cash grap.

meatz666
meatz666

"Of course, you shouldn't take White's verdicts as the final say on the matter".

Funny how I apply this rule to 98% of Eddie's articles.

klakier82
klakier82

OH MY !!! how about the blue guy from INTERNATIONAL KARATE ? Rick Dangerous ? NO ? King Leonidas ? B.J Blaskowitz ? I KNOW !!! PUT IN DANA WHITE AS A DLC PUNCHING BAG FOR TAKING UFC to EA SPORTS .

DrKill09
DrKill09

People are still talking about The Matrix?  It sucked, and the sequels were even worse.


Not to mention it ripped off the comic The Invisibles.

homey_d_clown
homey_d_clown

Female charactes I would like to see:

Beatrix Kiddo - Kill Bill

Leeloo - The 5th Element

Aeon Flux

Gazdakka
Gazdakka

How about Neo from the Matrix?

fede018
fede018

They don't want a female because is it too hard to render?

hitomo
hitomo

Dana White, a name like Garth Elgar

Pupchu
Pupchu

Jean Claude "Im the Fred Astaire of karate" Van Damme.


"You're dead, soldier!"

"Nuuh. Y-em, alyve!"

Halloll
Halloll

are they going with Chuck Norris the actor or Chuck Norris Karate world champion? and can we have Bruce Lee in the same game please.

mindwave01
mindwave01

Dolph Lundgren and have him say "I must break you" before every match.

sakaixx
sakaixx

but chuck's roundhouse kick is too op it basically KO'ed the opponent even before chuck even thinking of using it.

Metallicwolf29
Metallicwolf29

How bout Jean Claude van Dam, jet li... Why not the entire expendables with Terry Crews as an unlockable character

StHapns247
StHapns247

Essentially they want to turn this into Super Smash Bros.

saturatedbutter
saturatedbutter

Anyone born in the 90s (anyone 24 or younger) has probably never seen Chuck Norris and only knows of him through the memes.

Anxiety21
Anxiety21

About time Dana White backs something legit.  Now tell them to fix the fricking game.  How do you go from a great UFC game in UFC 3 (THQ) to a crappy button mash fest UFC (EA) game.  I thought games were suppose to get better not worse! Graphics are great but the moves are the same on every character it's crap.  And the ground game is non existent.  Blocking is a joke.  Subs are a circus. And where is the taunting and sportsmanship of touching gloves?  So many things missed and we are talking about a next gen game!!??  There were more features in UFC 3 last gen albeit the graphics are lower but it just had more to it.  Each fighter at least had their own legit moves! Bring back the shine!! The one thing that bugs me the most is the blocking, you should be required to block the head or body not just hold one button and turtle up!  Wish THQ knew what they were doing with their money and didn't sink.  

side note:  

This is why you need to open your license up to multiple publishers and let the masses buy the better game.  But this society is so scared of competition, or I should say the mega corporations/publishers are scared of competition!

simsumre
simsumre

Chuck Norris made the Godfather an offer he couldn't refuse.

After taking a camping trip, Chuck Norris knows that Bigfoot doesn't exist... anymore.

Chuck Norris can fold during a poker game and still win the pot.

Brett Farve can throw a football 50 yards. Chuck Norris can throw Brett Farve farther.

Chuck Norris knows what happened to Tony Soprano.

Chuck Norris cuts a knife with butter.

Geico saved a bunch of money by switching to Chuck Norris.

Chuck Norris roundhouse kicked Atlantis to the bottom of the Ocean.

Christopher Columbus was headed to India, until Chuck Norris roundhouse kicked his boat.

Candyman refuses to say Chuck Norris 3 times in the mirror.

daikkenaurora12
daikkenaurora12

I'd like to see Chuck Norris in a UFC game... if the UFC was made by anyone else but EA.

Coseniath
Coseniath

"Chuck Norris OK With UFC Boss"

There. Fix it for you :P.

nothingformoney
nothingformoney

Just going to put it here...

J.ack Bauer >>>>> Chuck Norris

DanZillaUK
DanZillaUK

You don't "OK" Chuck Norris to be in your game.  You accept the fact he will be in there. Duh.

corrus
corrus

Chuck Norris is the man

ezioismyname
ezioismyname

Bruce Lee should equal automatic win.  You should have to unlock him and then you will never lose again.

Pewbert
Pewbert

A man is named Dana? Weird.

RobDev
RobDev

@Halloll you mean the bruce lee that's already in the game or a different one?

Metallicwolf29
Metallicwolf29

And let's not forget his epic thumbs up scene in dodgeball "thank you chuck Norris"

~Vince Vaughn

Metallicwolf29
Metallicwolf29

I know him from some movie where he would help some kid overcome his fears in his imagination. Great movie. I forgot the name tho.

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

I only know him from Walker Texas Ranger when I was growing up UN the 90s.

saturatedbutter
saturatedbutter

@simsumre I think you forgot "When Chuck Norris does a pushup, he isn't lifting himself up, he's pushing the Earth down."

Anxiety21
Anxiety21

@simsumre The Big Bang was caused from a Chuck Norris round house kick! 

DrKill09
DrKill09

@hitockiri Reminds me of those commercials he did in support of Mike Huckabee.

Anxiety21
Anxiety21

@Pewbert I take it you have never watched Waynes World?  Dana Carvey plays Garth. So now you can be doubly weirded out!!

simsumre
simsumre

@Anxiety21 @simsumre Chuck Norris doesn't read books, he stares them down until they tell him what he wants to know.

Chuck Norris kicked the world once and it never stopped spinning.

The only reason our Universe is constantly expanding is to get away from Chuck Norris.