EA Sports MMA Game Gains Fedor, Others

By Chris Faylor, Jul 29, 2009 3:11pm PDT World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko is among the first real-life fighters confirmed to be in EA Sports' upcoming MMA video game, the combatant and publisher jointly announced today.

Exactly how this move will affect Fedor's ongoing negotiations to potentially join the UFC remains unclear, though it's unlikely to be considered a plus as league president Dana White has threatened to ban any fighter from the UFC if they sign with EA.

Gegard Mousasi and Babalu Sobral were also confirmed to appear in the upcoming game, which is slated to hit PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2010.

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  • This week Fedor was offered a $30 million 6 fight deal and M-1 turned it down. The deal would have allowed Fedor to fight in Sambo competitions, given Fedor and M-1 a cut of PPV revenue on top of the guaranteed money, and allowed M-1 to advertise on the mat and Fedor's clothing.

    M-1 wanted to co-promote, which the UFC, understandably, will not do, and reportedly refused the contract offer. Fedor will not make nearly that much money anywhere else as that would have been the most lucrative contract in MMA history.

    Fedor and M-1 can go fuck themselves.