EA Sports UFC 2
Ronda Rousey is the cover star of EA Sports UFC 2.Facebook

EA Sports UFC 2, the next in the mixed martial arts fighting video game, has revealed Ronda Rousey -- who recently lost her first career game against Holly Holm on 15 November -- as its cover star.

But despite that Rousey, who had been the undefeated UFC champion (12-0), will go on to be the cover star for the upcoming game EA Sports UFC 2. The cover was unveiled before her fight.

EA Sports has reportedly told ESPN that it will not be replacing her as the cover after she lost the game.

EA Sports UFC 2 will see the addition of all-new Knockout Physics System, authentic gameplay features, biggest ever roster of real-world fighters in a MMA game for PS4 and Xbox One. The game will be rolled out in spring 2016.

"We're doing that by introducing innovative gameplay features, delivering a game mode for every fighter regardless of their style of play, and adding helpful tools so fans can master MMA, all while producing the jaw-dropping visuals that fans expect," said Creative Director Brian Hayes, Operation Sports reported.

EA Sports UFC 2 will feature five new game modes, revamped Career Mode with an option that will allow creation of female fighters, a first in UFC game, new Title Chase system for Online Champions. It will also provide players with tips and Tools to Master MMA.

Below are some of the key features and modes that have been listed for the EA Sports UFC 2 (Operation Sports):

Knockout Gameplay

  • Knockout Physics System - A new physics-driven hit reaction and knockout system that will be rewarding and delivering authentic Kos.
  • Next-Level Submissions - Now players will be able to surprise their rival with a flying armbar from the clinch, or with a quick transition from a knee bar to a heel hook. The game adds standing submissions and submission chaining (sequences).
  • Dynamic Grappling - Now players will be able to experience the freedom of independent fighter control during the grappling situation. It will feature simultaneous two-fighter interactions.
  • Ultimate Defence - There will be better control over the fighter's head movement that allows dodging a strike from the enemy with fluidity. Players will also be able to add improved blocking and parrying system with new tools for better defence.

Unmatched Character Visuals & Fighter Roster

  • Ultimate Fighter Likeness & Animations -
    • A new facial modeling rig, the introduction of hair physics, and improved strike deformation work to make every impact more realistic than ever.
    • Thousands of fighting and signature animations bring personality and a new level of athleticism to MMA's stars.
  • Biggest Ever Roster – EA Sports UFC 2 offers the deepest ever roster of any fighting simulation. It features a mix of MMA's biggest stars and brightest up-and-comers. Players can play as current and former UFC athletes, MMA legends.

A Mode for every Fight Fan

  • Career Mode Depth & Authenticity - Players will be able to control the career of your fighter
    • Training Camp: An all-new training camp system makes preparing for each fight a balancing act between developing your fighter's abilities and risking an injury that could make your next bout even more challenging.
    • Female Fighters: For the first time ever in a UFC game, create a female fighter in Career Mode and guide them to UFC greatness.
    • Career Defining Moments: Start in The Ultimate Fighter, then move on to fight authentic contenders as you progress in your pursuit to be a UFC Champion. Encounter career-defining moments that will deliver heightened atmosphere and put more at stake inside the Octagon.
  • UFC Ultimate Team – The first-ever "Ultimate Team" experience in a 1v1 fighting game.
    • Create your team of up to five fighters in different weight classes using UFC 2's deep customization options.
    • Compete in online or offline competitions to progress your fighters and earn coins.
    • Collect coins to buy packs which deliver special items used to boost fighter performance.
    • Customize your fighters with items from packs which improve or change moves, attributes and perks – all of which work together to sculpt your team members into the most explosive in the UFC.
  • KO Mode – Players can now draw punches, kicks, knees and elbows in this fast, fun, and furious mode.
  • Custom Event Creator –Players will now be able to build a fight using hundreds of mixed martial artists, they will be allowed to select iconic venues, authentic referees, and custom fight settings and more.
  • Online Championships - Step into the online Octagon for an all new Title Chase. Compete with your favorite fighters and test your skills against other warriors from around the world. This features an updated division progression system, and an all-new Title Chase and featured fighter system
  • Live Events – Predict. Play. Win. Pick which fighters will win real matchups in upcoming UFC events and then bring those predictions to life inside the virtual Octagon. Win in-game rewards and propel yourself up the leaderboards of the most immersive fantasy prediction game you've ever played.
  • Create A Fighter – This takes character customization to a next-level. The EA Sports UFC 2's Fighter Creation tool goes deeper with robust facial sculpting, tattoo customizations and the ability to create female fighters. Players can also sculpt their own GameFace uploads to perfection.

Tools to Master MMA

  • Grapple Assist –This new game will offer players with new grappling assistance display. Visual aids help players with ground game transitions, submissions, takedowns and much more, all in real-time.
  • Practice Mode – Jump into Practice Mode that is designed to let players master the basics of striking, grappling and clinch-work
  • Skill Challenges – EA Sports UFC 2 offers 12 new mini-games to help players learn and perfect stand-up, clinch, and ground disciplines.

Details of EA Sports UFC 2 Deluxe Edition

The EA Sports UFC 2 Deluxe Edition will feature 30 UFC Ultimate Team Premium Packs. It will cost $69.99 in comparison to the standard edition that will cost $59.99.

UFC Ultimate Team -- The first-ever "Ultimate Team" experience in a 1v1 fighting game.

  • Create your team of up to five fighters in different weight classes using UFC 2's deep customization options.
  • Compete in online or offline competitions to progress your fighters and earn coins.
  • Collect coins to buy packs which deliver special items used to boost fighter performance.
  • Customize your fighters with items from packs which improve or change moves, attributes and perks – all of which work together to sculpt your team members into the most explosive in the UFC.
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