If there was any debate about whether Ronda Rousey had ascended to the very top of the MMA world, this settles it—the undefeated bantamweight champion is the cover star for EA Sports' UFC 2.
That's kind of a big deal.
Along with all of her other accolades, Rousey is now the first woman to ever serve as the global cover star for an EA Sports title. "As a gamer myself, it’s pretty surreal to be on the cover of the game and to have a woman on the cover of a UFC game shows a lot of progress," Rousey said in a statement.
A lot of progress indeed, especially considering that female fighters weren't even going to be a part of EA Sports' UFC game until "Rowdy" came on the scene.
“As a result largely of what she’s accomplished, we’ve gone from when we signed the deal (with the UFC), there was no concept of female fighters in the game, to now there is a female fighter in the cover who is arguably the biggest UFC fighter in the world," EA Sports Creative Director Brian Hayes told MMAJunkie.
What little we've seen of the game so far looks pretty incredible. The only bad news is that it doesn't come out until next spring. Let the countdown begin.
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