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Bruce Lee will be a character in ‘EA Sports UFC’ video game

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Have you ever wanted to know what it would be like to be Bruce Lee? The legendary actor and director is considered one of the most influential martial artists of all time. Thanks to EA Sports’ new UFC game, you will now be able to kick ass as Bruce Lee.

As Bloody Elbow pointed out, EA Sports was teasing a “mystery character” for “EA Sports UFC” all last week. On Sunday, the gaming juggernaut officially announced that users will be able to unlock Lee and fight with him in any of four weight divisions from 125 pounds to 155 pounds.

“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,” Brian Hayes, the creative director of the game, explained about the decision to include Lee. “I can’t conceive of a universe where bringing these two things together doesn’t make sense.”

Lee can be unlocked either by pre-ordering the game before its release or completing “career mode” at pro difficulty or higher. And if you lose while fighting as him, you’ll be banned from the game for a month. Just kidding, but that probably should be a rule.

Screenshot via EA Sports

UFC’s Website Hacked, Presumably for Supporting SOPA

The UFC’s website was hacked on Sunday and its front page yielded the image seen above. The site was presumably hacked for supporting SOPA — the stop online piracy act. A group of hackers called Anonymous has attacked several sites in response to file sharing site megaupload.com being shut down. They hacked CBS.com and several Brazilian sites.

The UFC has supported SOPA and goes to great lengths to ensure their content is not pirated on the web. Clearly the government has pissed off a large group of powerful web people who are now responding.

Fist pound to The Big Lead for pointing the hack job.

UFC on FOX: Cain Velasquez vs Junior Dos Santos Fight Preview

This Saturday night, the Ultimate Fighting Championship will make its FOX network television debut with Cain Velasquez (9-0, 7-0 UFC) putting his heavyweight title on the line against the challenger, Junior Dos Santos (13-1, 7-0 UFC). It’s going to be a great night for fight fans as this event will finish an hour before Manny Pacquiao is set to square off against Juan Manuel Marquez.

It’s hard to imagine a more perfect match-up for the first fight in the historic, seven-year partnership between FOX and the UFC, as these are two very special fighters entering the primes of their careers. I will break the action down in terms of each fighters’ strengths, the unknowns heading into the fight and the match-up, specific to one another. Finally, I will predict a winner.

Strengths

Velasquez has made a name for himself through his world-class wrestling ability, his other-worldly work ethic and cardio, and a developing, technically-sound kickboxing game. He is well above-average in his quickness wrestling and an above-average athlete for a heavyweight. He has finished eight out of the nine fights in his career through ground and pound and striking.

Velasquez was a two-time All-American wrestler at Arizona State University and in the Octagon, he has man-handled the heavyweight division, demonstrating relentless take-downs, top control and ground and pound. His wrestling, in combination with his cardio, make him a bad match-up for any style of fighter because he can control whether the fight remains standing or on the ground. If he chooses to take the fight to the ground, he has almost no equal. He has used his wrestling to dominate Ben Rothwell and Cheick Kongo on the ground, and when he won the title against Brock Lesnar, he did so by keeping the fight standing.

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Boxing Promoter Bob Arum Ripped in UFC on FOX Promo Video

Two years ago, boxing promoter Bob Arum ripped MMA during an interview with Ariel Helwani.

“MMA is garbage. It is not a sport that shows great talent,” Arum said. “Guys rolling around like homosexuals on the ground. UFC are a bunch of skinhead white guys, watching people in the ring, who also look like skinhead white guys. I would think that the majority of people in my generation would feel the same.”

The UFC remembered that disparaging interview and decided to make it the focus of a video promoting their first ever network television appearance:

The UFC makes its network TV debut on FOX Saturday with Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos headlining the event. More people will watch that MMA card than have watched any boxing card in the last several years. But that shouldn’t be a surprise — our Danny Lee wrote about that topic in May. Arum really should be worrying about what he’s going to do once Manny Pacquiao retires. Boxing will be in bad shape when it loses him and Floyd Mayweather Jr. How many other superstars do they have?

Fist pound to Bloody Elbow, via LBS contributor Alan

Dana White Says He Would Want a Gay MMA Fighter to Come Out

Responding to critics who have accused the UFC of being an anti-gay organization, Dana White said on Thursday that if there were a gay fighter in the UFC he would prefer that he come forward and share that with everyone. The Culinary Union and other groups have sent letters to Fox and started petitions urging Fox to back out of their recently-signed agreement with the UFC. The union, along with another group that started a UFC website called “Unfit for Children,” are urging sponsors not to back the UFC. Those organizations believe White and the UFC have a “history of tolerating homophobic conduct,” which White insists is not the case.

“I’ll tell you right now, if there was a gay fighter in UFC, I wish he would come out,” White said. “I could care less if there’s a gay fighter in the UFC. There probably is and there’s probably more than one.”

Several instances led the organizations to believe the UFC supports anti-gay behavior. White had a rant years ago where he freely cussed out a writer. The UFC’s color commentator has called a female writer a cunt. You also had one of the organization’s fighters who said he did not want to face a gay man in the octagon. White tried to defend himself against the claims.

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Let’s Hope the UFC on FOX Goes Much Smoother than this Awful Introduction

The UFC recently announced a groundbreaking deal that will see their events televised on FOX four times a year for the next eight years. It’s the type of partnership that can help MMA go mainstream, which is something I’ve openly questioned. When the first show is televised in November, let’s just hope it goes much smoother than this awkward introduction Tuesday:

That was quite an extensive list of awkwardness. We saw a nervous Joe Rogan struggle with what appeared to be a slow teleprompter; an executive had his cellphone out when he appeared on camera; and the identities of Georges St. Pierre and Frankie Edgar confused.

Hey, the bright side is it can’t possibly get worse than that! In all honesty, the partnership should work out well for both sides. FOX knows how to do TV and the UFC knows how to put on shows. The UFC on FOX will likely be a big hit for each company.

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Dana White Blasts ESPN, Says They Always Hated UFC

Dana White is trying to build an empire. To this point, he has done a pretty fantastic job.  White insists the UFC will eventually go mainstream, and the new deal he signed with Fox is a great starting point for making good on that guarantee.  Not surprisingly, the UFC negotiated with a number of major networks before coming to an agreement with Fox.  One of those networks was, of course, ESPN.

If you asked White you would swear ESPN had no intention of ever hooking up with the leader in mixed martial arts.  In fact, White can’t stand ESPN and insists they never liked the UFC to begin with.

“@nickmontiel4ufc ESPN always hated us and they hate us more now that we are on FOX,” White wrote on Twitter. “They cancelled my int next week for UFC Rio (expletive) ESPN.”

On the contrary, MMA Payout Writer Jose Mendoza says that the UFC and ESPN came extremely close to a deal before Dana White settled on Fox.

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