Photo by D. Herbertson
EA Sports announced additional signings for its EA Sports MMA
interactive arts video game earlier with week with Shinya Aoki
Yoshida at a press conference in Japan.
Both fighters were victorious in their New Year’s Eve bouts at K-1
and Dream’s co-promoted
“Dynamite: The Power of Courage 2009” at the Saitama Super
Arena in Saitama, Japan. Aoki earned a brutal first-round technical
submission by hammerlock over Sengoku lightweight champion Mizuto
Hirota. Yoshida out-pointed fellow Olympic judo gold medalist
Ishii, who was making his MMA debut.
Aoki, Dream’s lightweight champion, is also expected to make his
U.S. debut with Strikeforce in the first quarter of 2010.
Strikeforce and Dream share a strategic talent-sharing
EA Sports MMA, which will also feature Strikeforce as a “premiere
league” in the game, will be released in fall 2010.
EA Sports MMA’s growing list of signed athletes now includes
Rogers, Jake Shields,
Mousasi, Renato "Babalu"
Sobral, Jay Hieron,
"Mayhem" Miller Muhammed
Former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia and
Strikeforce middleweights Benji Radach
Kennedy have also announced their involvement with the game in
Strikeforce commentators Mauro Ranallo and Frank
Shamrock, as well as ring announcer Jimmy Lennon, will
represent their real-life roles in the game. Iconic referee “Big”
John McCarthy will oversee the pixilated fights.
EA Sports said in November that the company is still recruiting
fighters and personalities for the game, which could include
additional international athletes, as well as female fighters.
“Big” John McCarthy