EA Sports is adding a new downloadable character to its UFC 3 game and it's not someone you would ever expect to see with his shirt off in the Octagon.
It's UFC President Dana White, and apart from the stubble, bald head and pasty white complexion, the character doesn't look anything like the real guy. That's obviously intentional. EA wasn't going to put a pudgy middle-aged executive in its game. That's no fun. But this ripped version of the 48-year-old is.
The difference between the IRL White and his video game character did not escape notice of UFC fans on Twitter.
EA has included some unexpected downloadable players in its UFC games before. Two years ago, Mike Tyson and Bruce Lee were added to UFC 2 and White tells Game Informer that fans have been clamoring to play as him.
"From what EA tells me, the fans have been asking for this for a long time," he said. "They asked me if I would be willing to do it and I said, 'Yes, I think it's great.' It's fun. And for all the people out there that have wanted to punch me in the face over the last 20 years, this is your chance."
Like the real White, his UFC 3 character is more of a stand-up fighter than a grappler, he says.
"As far as the technique goes in the game, they modeled me after a boxer because I have boxing experience. But don't be fooled, I have jiu-jitsu too, so don't think that you're going to take me to the ground and beat me up down there. My jiu-jitsu is actually pretty good, so you better be ready on your feet and on the ground," he told Game Informer.
Here's how some of his ratings compare to real fighters.
And if you want to see how he performs in the cage with icons of the sport, someone's already found out. Here's White battling two-time Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones, which is something he might like to do in real life given the fighter's inability to stay out of trouble. Of course, in real life, the fight wouldn't look anything like this.