According to a statement by Dana White,the UFC has purchased Strikeforce.However,it's also stated that the company plans to honor all the original contracts and TV deals Strikeforce currently has,at least until they expire.So the issue at hand is,considering the UFC's tenuous relationship with EA,what does this announcement mean for the EA MMA franchise,who has signed fighters primarily from Strikeforce?
UFC Purchases Strikeforce.EA UFC MMA possible?
They'll either make one final title for a 2012 release or not bother. Also, THQ have a deal with the UFC until 2015 or some such date, so EA will likely look into other avenues aside from MMA for the future I guess.
Unless EA thinks pushing Josh Barnett & Bellator as their off-shoot franchise is a good thing, it's game over time.
" @JJWeatherman: It sold like ass anyways. Basically, people were already burnt out from the Undisputed titles and the lack of UFC branding was ultimately quite important. It's all good though, capitalism is all about monopolies, as EA no doubt understand. "I'm still mad about the NFL license. =P
" i found the control scheme in MMA to be fiddly but i agree with JJ it would be a shame if it ends up discontinued because the UFC would have no competition and it would go the way of the WWE games "The only way I could see it working out otherwise would be a situation similar to what happened between the Madden and NFL2K series.The shoe's on the other foot here,sure,but EA could go the route of visual concepts and put out a game full of legends a la All Pro Football 2k8. Although that list would probably be a short one(Gracies,Severn,Frye,Shamrock,Sakuraba.....),the only other option is go with what they did with the latest Fight Night though I doubt that would carry such a recent franchise.In all likelihood,once the present contracts expire that'd be game over.Hopefully there's room for one more...
" Are you fucking kidding me, FEDOR AND ALLISTAIR OVEREEM IN THE UFC YESS. "No. Fedor will retire and it's going to be two years before Overeem's contract with Coker expires. I'd be surprised if they even let half the heavyweights into the UFC, they are badasses but Barnett always gets stung with PEDs and even Overeem may be disallowed because of the whole horsemeat thing.
the buyout sucks for EA and the MMA sport in general.
doesn't the UFC have some kind of 5+ year exclusive deal with THQ?
if UFC own strikeforce then strikeforce cant work with EA anymore because of that deal unless a contract was already in place for multipal games with EA.
will be fun to see what MMA 2 will be like if it happens. if the UFC force SF fighters to sign over likeness rights in order to keep there jobs then alot of the fighters in MMA 1 will be cut out of MMA 2 even if they can keep the strikeforce branding in it.
" it means nothing. strikeforce is staying its own independant thing. seperate from ufc. do a little more reading. "there is no merger going on. Plus, any contracts already in place are sticking around. I'm sure EA has a multi-year contract with strikeforce in place. I`m sure there is going to be a merger when all the contracts are up though. I know that Dana mentioned that he wants to expand to do more non-ppv shows and I am sure that strikeforce as a name will kick around for that reason. I would love to see overeem in the UFC though.
@MonetaryDread: Overeem vs Velasquez would be amazing.I'd pay a left arm to see champ vs champ!
@StaticFalconar: I found much the same.The ratio of thrown controllers,however,was about equal. ;-) Bonus points for the drinking Marten.
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