A week has passed since April Fools' Day. We saw TellTale take on Downton Abbey
, Llama Simulator
and Optimus Prime DLC for Titanfall
. This, however, is not a joke. Bruce Lee really is coming to EA SPORTS UFC
. Why? As EA's Creative Director Brian Hayes said incredulously, "It’s. Bruce. Lee…"
You have the premier organization in the fastest growing sport in the world, the UFC; and the most iconic martial artist in the history of the world, Bruce Lee – a martial artist renowned for his philosophies that laid the groundwork for modern mixed martial arts. I can’t conceive of a universe where bringing these two things together doesn’t make sense. I know there are going to be countless fans that feel the exact same way and they will be eager play with such a legend in the UFC Octagon. I am one of them.
With the traditional scanning not an option for the martial arts legend, the team came up with a unique solution to creating the in-game Lee. Bruce Lee Enterprises not only provided the team with digital references spanning his career and behind-the-scenes candid photographs, they also sent along a life-cast that could be used as a three-dimensional reference. The result is a representation of "the way he carries himself, his fighting stance, his rippling physique, devastating speed, signature strikes and accompanying yells, whoops and shrieks".
While this trailer is described as the Bruce Lee reveal trailer, it actually features very little footage of the man himself. Don't blink or you'll miss it:
The introduction of Lee is a tough act to follow for the following four fighters. We'll introduce them anyway and bring the total number of confirmed names to 46.
• Nickname: NA
• Current Record: 19-1-0
• From: San Diego, CA, USA
• Fights Out Of: San Diego, CA, USA
• Age: 29
• Height: 5’8” (172 cm)
• Weight: 135 lbs (61kg)
• Strengths: Conditioning and Punching Power
The UFC’s first-ever Bantamweight Champion, Dominick Cruz represents one of the division’s most talented fighters, logging only a single loss in his professional career to rival Urijah Faber. An elusive fighter that deploys a mixture of boxing and wrestling inside the Octagon, Cruz also owned the WEC Bantamweight belt prior to becoming a champion in the UFC. Despite never losing his title during competition, Cruz has been plagued by a series of injuries that have kept him sidelined since 2011, eventually causing him to vacate his UFC title. Currently working his way back to 100%, Cruz will be looking to make his return to MMA in the near future.
• Nickname: The Punk
• Current Record: 20-6-0, 1NC
• From: San Jose, CA, USA
• Fights Out Of: San Jose, CA, USA
• Age: 35
• Height: 5’10” (177 cm)
• Weight: 155 lbs (70kg)
• Strengths: Cardio, Attitude
A true MMA veteran, Josh “The Punk” Thomson’s professional fighting career dates all the way back to 2001. Boasting a well-rounded skillset and strong ground game, Thomson has earned finishes in 14 of his 20 career victories, with eight coming via submission and another six by way of knockout. Making his original Octagon debut back in 2003 at UFC 44, Thomson went on to spend time as the Strikeforce Lightweight Champion before making his return to the UFC in April of 2013 with a Knockout of the Night performance over Nate Diaz.
• Nickname: NA
• Current Record: 18-9-0
• From: Stockton, CA, USA
• Fights Out Of: Stockton, CA, USA
• Age: 28
• Height: 6’0” (182 cm)
• Weight: Weight: 155 lbs (70kg)
• Strengths: Boxing, Jiu Jitsu, Heart
Winner of The Ultimate Fighter Season 5, and one half of the fan-favorite Diaz brothers, Nate Diaz made his professional fighting debut in the WEC at the age of 19. With a dominant ground game and top-tier boxing in his arsenal, Diaz not only finished all four of his TUF 5 bouts, but has since gone on to earn nine of his last 13 wins by submission. Most recently showcasing his standup with a Knockout of the Night win over Gray Maynard at The Ultimate Fighter 18 finale, Diaz will be looking repeat his bonus-winning performance the next time he steps back into the Octagon.
• Nickname: Jacare
• Current Record: 20-3-0, 1NC
• From: Espiritos Santos, Brazil
• Fights Out Of: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
• Age: 34
• Height: 6’1” (185 cm)
• Weight: 185 lbs (84kg)
• Strengths: Submissions, Takedowns, Power
Arriving in the UFC after an extended run in Strikeforce, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza has gone three-for-three since stepping into the Octagon, with wins over Chris Camozzi, Yushin Okami and most recently Francis Carmont. A former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion, Jacare’s last loss came in a 2011 title bout against Luke Rockhold. Having already climbed to No. 4 in the UFC’s Middleweight rankings, another strong performance from Souza in his next fight should bring him significantly closer to challenging for the belt.
Very soon, Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson will be taking their place on the game's front cover as the game nears release:EA SPORTS UFC
is due to be released on June 17th, 2014 in North America and June 20th in Europe.