Both EA Sports UFC 2 Cover Stars Lose Latest Fights

Probably not a dream scenario for EA's marketing team.

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Both EA Sports UFC 2 cover stars have lost their latest fights. Holly Holm surprised Ronda Rousey at UFC 193, while Nate Diaz choked out Conor McGregor last night at UFC 196. This is probably not what EA Sports' marketing department would have wanted with the game's release now just over a week away.

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Rousey and McGregor remain two of UFC's biggest stars and competitors. Their recent losses don't change that and they are of course still deserving of the cover.

But naturally, discussion has cropped up regarding the "Madden Curse" extending now to the EA Sports UFC franchise.

McGregor earned himself a spot on EA Sports UFC 2's cover by defeating Jose Aldo by KO at UFC 194 in December. Rousey had been on the game's cover from the start, losing to Holm (who lost to Miesha Tate last night) just days after being announced as one of the cover stars.

Via Kotaku comes this image that sums up the current state of affairs for EA Sports UFC 2's cover.

GameSpot recently played EA Sports UFC 2 and you can read our hands-on preview here and here. We also spoke with Rousey, who told us about the motion-capture process and revealed that she'd like to play Samus Aran in a Metroid movie.

EA Sports UFC 2 launches on March 15 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Preordering the game gets you immediate access to fighters Mike Tyson, Bas Rutten, and Kazushi Sakuraba.

You can see all 250-plus EA Sports UFC 2 fighters here.

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Dude! I was gonna check the replay with a friend. U killed me man. Why the hell you guys always spoil stuff?

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@Chupacabra3332: You should have told us you hadn't watched it. We could have stopped the entire internet from talking about a big event until you had time to catch up.

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@eureca323: They'll need them even when Jones is back. I like him, but that dude is always about 5 minutes away from his next injury or arrest.

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As soon as Jones is back, EA won't need to worry about such things.

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@Reuwsaat: from where rehab? Dudes a coke head and was way better 5 years ago before he got famous.

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@Reuwsaat: yep. jones coming back will take the spotlight from ronda and mcgregor. ufc needed someone once jones went out. those two played their part.

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@HenrySix: They'll need them even when Jones is back. I like him, but that dude is always about 5 minutes away from his next injury or arrest.

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Its the Nature of the Game .. Even the best can get beaten .. A true champion is someone that can come back from defeat not who doesn't lose in the first place !!

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Still, they're the two most popular fighters there...

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Ehmmm, Just because they lost a fight does not mean they are not big stars within the UFC.

Sometimes i wonder why people visit gamespot when they keep coming up with such horrible articles that has no foundation in anything.

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We knew Conner was going to be on the cover but I didn't see an actual graphic for it until after his fight with Minny Mendez. I wonder how people will view Conner now in relation to Rousey, who was a similar personality.

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"Rousey and McGregor remain two of UFC's biggest stars and competitors"

What a terrible article.

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So glad Conor got his ass kicked. The faster the world forgets his obnoxious leprechaun ass the better.

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@Richardthe3rd: "obnoxious leprechaun ass" - Keyboard warrior !! You wouldn't last 10 seconds in the ring with him you mug !!

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@ltjohnnyrico: I'm not interested in lasting 10 seconds in the ring with him, I'm interested in watching other people pin him to the ground and pound his stupid fucking face.

Sort of like Diaz did before he choked his ginger ass, LOL.

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@Richardthe3rd: he is a big fu**ing loud mouth, glad someone shouted for him

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from the madden curse to just being EA wide lol

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Diaz rocked Conor with that clean punch,smiled at him threw his hands up like what you got tagged and started the onslaught haha awesome.thing is before the fight Conor was talking about his power and nobody can take that left and they all turn into wrestlers,well Nate did and Conor was the one turned into a grappler hilarious. Great fights all around though.:)

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one of the worst ufc ppv's in recent memory

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@eternaldragoonx: you must be on acid...the main card was awesome!!!! You probably are just a casual MMA fan to think that way.

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@kenpachi212: Fully agree slightly disappointed holly lost,which Tate is cool too just thought Holm was the superior fighter and which I still believe. she just got caught at the end of the fight she was winning o well though it just creates more money fights for the ufc now,holly Tate 2 then the winner fights Ronda.Diaz and McGregor a awesome fight Diaz comes to fight every time he was clowning Conor at the end,Conor need to learn some bjj asap just like the gassed Mendes fight he got handled quite easy on the ground.

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@krayville85: His lack of BJJ isn't what lost him this fight. It was a pair of devestating 1-2s that made him so loopy he didn't know where he was.

Besides, no matter how much BJJ he learns, he'll never be better than Nate or Chad on the mat;. Connor's strength is his dynamic standup, and on that front he was destroying Diaz. Dude's just too big for him, though. Connor needs to stick to the smaller divisions.

Now, someone who could really use some BJJ is Holly Holm. She has no idea what to do on the mat. Not even basic stuff.

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@durpdurp1234: It was more of referencing to he could have defended better after his bell had been rung, Diaz did what he wanted with no resistance even though being rocked a fighter with a good ground game wouldn't be that lost in that situation.similar to Mendes McGregor just laid there looking at the ref to stand them up. Conor fought at his natural walking around weight him and diaz was a couple pounds apart, nate is more experienced and has the all around better game imo,trains with high level boxers,black belt bjj he ate all McGregor punches and Conor seen he couldn't put him away and he had used all his energy trying to do so he panicked. Holly I believe will get that cleared up,she was winning the fight and she got caught. Jackson's mma will take care of that she will be back,a rematch is the biggest sell I think they can make right now since Ronda not coming back soon.

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I remember May, 2009 when UFC Undisputed 2009 came out with Forrest Griffin on the cover. Three months later he fought Anderson Silva.

People were saying the same thing about a cover curse lol

The truth is these games come out with the biggest stars on their covers. The biggest UFC stars get the toughest fights. The reality of a tough fight is that most of the time, it can go either way. That's the UFC.

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Does anyone really give two fucks about who the cover star is...? I've never in my days heard someone shy away from a sports game because the cover athlete doesn't have a perfect record... and I think it's a little early to be referencing the infamous Madden curse that has over 20 years of "curses" to look at, while this is just one bit of bad luck...

Also... spoilers :( Haven't seen this fight yet, but oh well!

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@nl_skipper: Don't give a **** about UFC period. Make a new boxing game.

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@bussinrounds: I'd be so down for another Fight Night game!

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The article neglects to mention that both of them got on the cover for becoming the title holders in their respective divisions. Rousey lost her title to Holm, but McGregor is still the Featherweight title holder. The Diaz fight was up a weight class from the class that McGregor holds the title in, so he didn't lose the title as a result of the loss.

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Main difference between the two cover stars

Conor: This is the game, you win some you lose some. He was efficient. I was inefficient.

Ronda: OMG IM SO SAD PEOPLE LAUGHING AT ME AND MAKING MEMES I'M CONTEMPLATING SUICIDE

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@lfebaggins: that's women for you

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@lfebaggins: you are a poor excuse of a human being for kicking someone when down. Piece of shit...

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@kenpachi212: Don't take it so seriously because Ronda's alleged "suicide thoughts" aren't serious, thats her trying to get everyone to pity her instead of laughing at her.

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@lfebaggins: I was actually glad she lost to Holm but your suicide comment was just uncalled for. You don't joke about those type of things even if she said it to get attention. Shows you lack maturity.

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@kenpachi212: So its ok to fake suicidal thoughts when theres actual people in the world contemplating suicide, but its not ok to joke about someone faking suicidal thoughts.

Really shows the lack of intelligence in Bleach fanboys

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@lfebaggins: lmao @bleach Fanboys :D

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So satisfying seeing those hype jobs lose. Everyone and their side chick used to hate on Mayweather for being "arrogant", yet they flocked to and praised this McGregor nut and Ronda fraud saying they have "heart and backs it up". Lol. 49-0. Eat it.

Watching UFC fighters fight standing is worse at times than watching two random street chicks. Everyone in the UFC is a hype job with barely 10 wins and they think they're immortal fighting random bums off the street.

Congrats to Diaz on the win, took a short notice (ten days to train), and still shut that big-mouth fraud up.

:)

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mayweather was a boring fighter, he never took any risks. Highly skilled, no doubt, but boring to watch, so defensive and always had to handpick his opponents, judges and locations. No new fight night games? Well mayweather's "perfect 49-0 career" was boring as ****, conor stepped up two weight classes after his belt win, that's risk, he lost, but he brought entertaining and hype to the mma sport and UFC, mayweather's career is a prime example of why boxing is not entertaining to watch anymore.

Edit: Lol just noticed you're praising mayweather, then says ufc fighters look bad in a standing fight, what a joke m8

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@jjenslyn: lmao did you see the fight? My god UFC fighters have no technical skill. It's just hugging on the ground. Mayweather has fought and beat the most world champions in history, stop buying into casual rumors lol! He's not Mike Tyson, he's a defensive wizard.

People just don't appreciate skill and art anymore lol. UFC is too casual for me, sorry m8.

McGregor was boring and unskilled. He was throwing sloppy wild slow kicks, punched like a chick, and then got choked out. GG!

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@kumy: Ummm... how is McGregor a fraud...? Cause he's arrogant...? There's gotta be something I'm missing here...

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@nl_skipper: he's overrated and a hype job. Yeah he really has the keys to the game lol

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now to see him and her fight each other.

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@Mr_Mark_Legion: They'd both lose.

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This just in: athletes, teams & competitors don't win 100% of the time, always, forever.

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