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Wednesday, 27 October 2010 08:28

EA could pull the plug on its MMA title

Written by David Stellmack


Despite strong reviews, likely not the start of a franchise
Despite the strong reviews for the first EA Sports entry into the MMA arena, the title appears still board upon arrival. The EA Sports MMA title just isn’t selling and while whispers we hear indicate that EA was prepared for a slow start, the envisioned nothing like this slow of a start.

The bad news is that the slower than expected sales could lead to EA pulling the plug on the franchise sooner than expected. EA might be forced to cut their losses and it would appear that even thought they have a good title consumers are not noticing because it doesn’t carry the UFC branding. At least some analysts think that the lack of UFC branding is what is hurting the game as apparently the MMA title isn’t connecting with fans.

With THQ confirming that they have a long term deal in place, it is hard to believe at this point that EA will continue to go it alone with its MMA title. Unless sales start to take a drastic turn upward, we think that we will not see a sequel and EA will pull the plug on the franchise which will leave UFC THQ offering the only choice for fans.
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+2 #1 Naterm 2010-10-27 17:21
It's pretty hard to do an MMA game without a UFC license. The UFC has a lockdown on most of the talent, I can think of maybe two or three fighters per weight class that are very good and aren't in the UFC. Alistair Overeem, Fabricio Werdum, and Fedor Emelianenko at heavyweight, Gergard Mousasi, Mo Lawal, and maybe Rafael Cavalcante at light heavyweight, Ronaldo Souza and Dan Henderson at middleweight, maybe Paul Daley and Ben Askren at welterweight, and Shinya Aoki, Gilbert Melendez,Tatsuy a Kawajiri, and Eddie Alvarez at lightweight. Even if they had the lighter weight classes, Zuffa (UFC parent company) has a pretty serious lock on talent there as well with the WEC.
 
 
0 #2 MrScary 2010-10-28 10:43
UFC have no "talents" at all, they are a bunch of [censored]ing retardeds compared to "old" PrideFC league, those were the golden days of MMA until balded Dana White buy it out for drown it later.

I hope EA dont pull the plug, i want ufc to go to hell, long live PrideFC, DREAM, K-1, Yarennonka, all japanese MMA is still the best.

And Fedor Emelianenko is still the main man.
 
 
0 #3 Naterm 2010-10-28 21:20
Yeah dude, it's been four years. Pride is gone and Japanese MMA sucks now. Dream is about to go bankrupt and it doesn't have any top-tier talent barring Shinya Aoki. You do realize that the UFC bought up all of Pride's talent, don't you? Two former Pride guys hold belts (Anderson Silva and Mauricio Rua) and CroCop, Takanori Gomi, Quinton Jackson, Rodrigo Nogueira, Rogerio Nogueira, et al fight in the UFC. I guess they all sucked.

Fedor is most likely the greatest heavyweight of all time, but he's not the greatest heavyweight fighting today. I wish he'd signed with the UFC but with guys like Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos, he's fast becoming irrelavant.
 

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