Fans won’t have to wait much longer to return to the Octagon with the announcement that EA Sports’ MMA sequel UFC 2 will be released mid-March.
Alongside this announcement comes a trailer showcasing the game’s all-new Knockout Physics System. We see current Featherweight champion Conor McGregor, alongside other UFC fighters such as Robbie Lawler and the incomparable Joanna Jedrzejczyk lay jaw-rocking beatdowns on their opposition.
The trailer also features a recreation of Ronda Rousey’s first loss to the now UFC Bantamweight champion, the brilliant Holly Holm. Frankly, this leaves a bit of a sour taste in my mouth. Despite Rousey’s incredible work over the past year in creating top dollar for the sport, and in raising the profile of female athletes in general, in the eyes of the marketers you’re only as important as your last glory moment.
Two months ago they were hyping Rousey as the cover star and a major selling point, one loss later, and her appearance in the trailer is reduced to a mere knockout highlight. To me, that’s real cheap bandwagoning.
Regardless of my personal opinion on that, UFC 2 will hopefully improve upon the previous title’s shortcomings and will capture the exciting action, intricate control and deep gameplay that fans have come to expect from the series. In the words of the immortal Bruce Buffer: “IIIIIIIIIIIT’s….TIME!”
UFC2 is being released on Xbox One and PS4 March 15 (US) and March 17 (Worldwide)