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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Still respect the shit out of McGregor for jumping up two weight classes just for the hell of it. How many other fighters even attempt to fight outside of their comfort zone?

As others have said, he was tagging the shit out of Diaz before he gassed himself out. Totally out-boxed another guy with a heavy boxing background. Diaz' face was a damn mess.

Just have to give credit to Diaz for weathering the storm and showing some heart.

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@frank_castle: Nonsense, Diaz destroyed him, and sucked the air out of him for the win. Glad that clown lost, he had it coming :)

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@numinex10: were we watching the same fight? Diaz' face was a punching bag for the first round and the first half of the second. Mcgregor ran out of gas, got hit by a solid albeit desperate one two and it was pretty much over. Diaz is good on the ground but hes a rubbish boxer compared to Connor. I feel like he got lucky this time.

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@numinex10: You either didn't watch the fight or was watching it drunk.

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@numinex10: Diaz picked him apart.

Diaz is a better boxer and striker and it showed. Yes Connor got in some good hits and he has heavier hands, but Diaz is not to bleed easily (as does Nick) because of their scar tissue.

Diaz absolutely picked him apart with his boxing, especially in round 2.

Connor focuses so much on his left hand and uses all of his fancy movements to set it up, like Joe Lauzon said, he's a smoke and mirrors fighter and it just took someone to notice that and pick him apart.

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@numinex10: Did you watch the fight?

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@numinex10:

If Connor would have paced himself I think he could have won. No one can take blows like that for 5 rounds. He'd have to keep it on the feet though as Diaz' ground game is definitely better.

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@numinex10: This is like the world's greatest slalom skier going to super G and people being surprised he lost. Or world's best Nascar driver going to F1 and losing.

He chose to do it and lost, the guys with the big mouths often do, but man.

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@numinex10: There's absolutely no way you could've watched that fight and walked away thinking that Diaz "destroyed" McGregor.

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EA is a bunch of idiots, what happened to the voting system for the cover athletes? Recent winners should never be on the cover of sports games. You look at legends or record breaking streaks, or something that makes sense.

Now I don't think Rhonda is a bad choice since she is still at the top tier of her division, and probably just had a 1 match fluke. Anderson Silva lost 3 fights recently, but he is still worthy and should be on the cover. Connor also had an excellent performance but still couldn't hang in their for that long. Point is, they should put athletes who really earned it, or even rival athletes like before (Jon and Alexander).

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@huss2215: You really think that a voting poll system would be any different? People are fickle, and many would vote for the reigning champions, so the result would be the same.

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@reavern: Yeah maybe. I guess they should wait until the last month to do the covers then.

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Thanks for the spoiler Eddie you knob-jockey. Besides, who fucking cares if they both lost their latest fights. They're both incredible athletes who've accomplished more in the last few years than some git who cut & pastes clickbait for a living ever will.

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@CrouchingWeasel: WOW lol a little sensitive today?

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@CrouchingWeasel: Correction: They've achieved more in the last 24 hours than he would if he lived for a thousand years.

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@bfa1509: I think you're really exaggerating the "achievement" and importance of beating up another human being. UFC fighters are great athletes and the sport is certainly entertaining... but "ordinary" people make more important and meaningful contributions to society every single day.

Granted, in this instance we're talking about game "journalism". But consider the real journalists that the movie Spotlight was based on: they positively affected millions of people's lives by exposing a repulsive secret. The accomplishment of every professional fighter -- nay, every pro athlete in the world -- will never match that. Sports are entertainment, just like video games -- don't delude yourself into believing they actually matter.

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@reavern: Firstly, I'm not talking about journalism, I'm talking about Eddie Makuch.

Secondly, I never said beating up another human being was important. The fact that UFC fighters inspire millions of people around the world and show that if you have enough dedication you can achieve anything. I live 2 hours drive from Conor McGregor's home town and he has raised the spirits of everyone especially those struggling to get by. That is tremendously important.

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@bfa1509: It's all about fame. Nothing else.

So you live 2 hours from McGregor's home town? Well, there could be a kid from McGregor's home town who grew up in a working class family who excelled in school and became a doctor or a scientist or engineer, and did something that genuinely helped people. That's far more common than someone becoming a pro fighter. But is that person an inspiration to people? They certainly should be. And maybe they are to their family and friends who know them. But they're not famous, so they can't "inspire" millions of people, like a pro fighter supposedly can.

People are simple-minded and drawn to famous people. Why do you think Donald Trump is the leading candidate in the Republican race? It's because he's famous, and ignorant morons will vote for someone they've heard of rather than a nameless politician.

The truly important people, who genuinely make a difference, and should be people's inspiration, are the unsung heroes.

Instead, people admire thuggish assholes who talk shit and get into fights during the weigh-ins. And then they lose. Yeah, they're really inspiring.

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EA is to blame.. Lets blame EA for this!

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Looks like the curse isn't just exclusive to American football.

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@walidras: If people don't know by now then they live in a box, don't read, or didn't care to look at the what happened in the first place.

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lol rekt

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Yeah nice one for the spoiler. There's a reason I didn't go on UFC.com this morning. I thought however it would be safe to go on my second favorite gaming site. Apparently I was wrong.

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@reaperfifth: Poor little special snowflake, next time Gamespot is going to censor news just to please you.

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@reaperfifth: Excactly same for me. Avoided any social media and ufc pages, before i started the video myself.. Abit annoying, but still a great fight to watch ;)

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@reaperfifth: I got mine on Reddit. Apparently UFC will continue to be treated like other shitty sports in that if you don't watch the instant it happens, it's assumed that you don't care or just want to know the results.

I literally never had this problem up until the popularity of Rhonda Rousey and now Mcgregor. Too many people are interested in it as pop media and not as sport.

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Spoiler f***ers ;)

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196 is one of the greatest UFC event of all time.

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EA Marketing should be more concerned about how this game is going to suck and not sell anyway, like the first one which was broken and buggy as shit.

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Haha the picture with crying Michael Jordan is so good. Just saw an article yesterday from my local newspaper company that said that Jordan's lawyers are going to try filing lawsuits to people who use that crying picture in a joking way. Laughed so hard at that hahaha. Good luck!

Anyways, more on topic, couldn't care less who is on the cover. Never heard of anyone who decided to not buy a game because of athletes on a cover, but given how people are today, I'd imagine there's some who would be all hot and bothered.

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@Spartan-1657: MJ's attorneys are going to look VERY stupid in any court if they do end up spewing nonsense lawsuits. Michael Jordon is a public figure and his image is being used in a transformative parody, which is completely legal. However, the whole crying MJ is getting a bit overused now but that's another story altogether.

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Yep, because sports fans buy games because of who is on the cover...

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I found this ironic and funny as hell at the same time. Looks like the Madden Curse has made it's way to the UFC cover.

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