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Zuffa Warns All Non UFC Fighters

    Thu, 2009-07-02 07:42 — chernobyl kid

    http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2009/6/30/93 ... -ug-i-hear

    http://www.mixedmartialarts.com/?go=for ... age=1&pc=3

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    I hear that all mma managers were informed that if any of their clients not currently under contract with the UFC..... sign to be a part of the EA game.......the will forever be banned for fighting in the UFC.
    Fighter Manager Ken Pavia Confirms:

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    It's true. And they told me want the word out.
    This comes after EA made this recent announcement:

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    When asked about fighters such as UFC star Lyoto Machida, Moore added: Machida? A great fighter. Theres plenty of great fighters that have their image rights, and well start announcing fighters pretty soon.

    Although no official announcements of fighters for EA Sports MMA have been made, several leaks have indicated that top fighters not locked into the UFC are indeed stepping up and signing for Electronic Arts title, which is due out in 2010 and developed by EA Tiburon.

    A tour schedule around E3 indicated that notable Russian fighter Fedor Emelianenko was taking place in a photoshoot for the EA title, alongside colleague Gegard Mousasi.

    In addition, famous ex-UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia recently said in a radio interview that both he and notable former UFC star Randy Couture have signed up for the Electronic Arts game. None of these signings have yet been confirmed by Electronic Arts.

    overcat's picture

    It should also be noted that both of the links above go to something 'Golden Boy' said on the UG, not a real media outlet.

    Even if this turns out to be true, it's just another example of the UFC partaking in good business and strengthening their company. The NFL doesn't have any of it's players represented in the Arena Football video game and the UFC is taking the same stance.

    This is also not a case of monopolization, because they aren't preventing EA from making a video game.

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    KibunInc's picture

    Yes the NFL does not have any players represented in the arena football video game but the NFL does not tell everyone playing college football that if they are on a video game then they will be banned for life from playing in the NFL. Yes it is Dana White trying to monopolize the video game and sport. :mad:

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    KibunInc;24722 wrote:
    Yes the NFL does not have any players represented in the arena football video game but the NFL does not tell everyone playing college football that if they are on a video game then they will be banned for life from playing in the NFL. Yes it is Dana White trying to monopolize the video game and sport. :mad:

    That's not a good comparison. College football is un-paid just like amateur fighting. College football players, the fighters that fight in smaller shows (i.e. PFC), and amateur shows (i.e. Tuff-N-Uff) aren't involved in a video game in the first place. Then once college football players and amateur fighters are good enough, they go to the NFL and UFC.

    When it comes to monopolization, there is also something called competition law. Competition law does not make merely having a large market share illegal. EA is still able to make a video game and the UFC isn't taking any actions against them if they do. If the UFC was preventing EA from developing a video game, that would be a violation of competition law.

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    KibunInc's picture

    Yes EA can still make a video game. Dana White telling any fighter (Even not working for the UFC) that if they are on the game they will never fight in the UFC is a move on Dana's part to control the video games popularity. It is a bullshit move anyway you look at it. :(

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    KibunInc;24729 wrote:
    Yes EA can still make a video game. Dana White telling any fighter (Even not working for the UFC) that if they are on the game they will never fight in the UFC is a move on Dana's part to control the video games popularity. It is a bullshit move anyway you look at it. :(

    if we're talking about business, it's actually a smart move for the UFC anyway you look at it.

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