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EA Sports UFC 2 cover showcases brutal six months for MMA superstars

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MMA can be so cruel.

EA Sports recently picked a cover for its EA Sports UFC 2 video game, and probably figured it was in good hands with Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey, two UFC champions who dominated their weight classes and rose to combat sports superstardom along the way.

NOT ONCE IN A LIFETIME. ONCE EVER.

Then the world watched as McGregor surrendered to Nate Diaz at UFC 196, not long after Rousey got mummified by Holly Holm at UFC 193. The timing could not have been worse, as “Rowdy” was in no shape to rebound after her loss to “The Preacher’s Daughter,” while “Notorious” is just a few days removed from his short night in “Sin City.”

EA Sports UFC 2 hits shelves next week with those memories still fresh in our collective consciousness.

It will be hard not to look at the game and immediately think of their stunning, high-profile defeats. I guess we can file that under “Madden Curse,” the old superstition that appearing on the cover of EA’s football game will result in misfortune for the chosen athlete.

It started out as a joke, but later proved to be chillingly accurate.

I can’t help but wonder if the results of UFC 196 will compel the promotion to examine how its promotes “stars” or markets the future of MMA. On its own, last weekend’s upset isn’t game changing, but it wasn’t that long ago when Paige VanZant and Sage Northcutt — who not coincidentally are both beautiful and well spoken — were boxed up and shipped out to adoring fans.

Turns out the packaging was more expensive than the gift inside.

The evidence can be found in how thoroughly trounced both “12 Gauge” and “Super” were in their respective submission losses at the ….View full article

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