Some of the top figures in the history of boxing may end up appearing in the first EA UFC game in two+ years.
According to Forbes’ Brian Mazique, WBC and lineal Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury will reportedly be a playable character in the new EA UFC 4 video game. Joining him would be WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua.
“I would guarantee you that Tyson Fury’s in the game,” Mazique stated on The Fight Guys, via The Sun. “But I’ve also heard that Anthony Joshua is also in the game. Both of them will be unlockable if you complete the career mode.”
This would not be the first time a boxer has appeared in a UFC video game before. Mike Tyson, who is looking to make a comeback for the first time since 2005, appeared as a character on EA Sports UFC 2. Other combat sports have been represented in the past, with Bruce Lee appearing in a game. UFC President Dana White has had an interest in boxing for a while, even forming ideas for Zuffa Boxing.
White would end up commenting on the situation at the UFC on ESPN 11 post-fight press conference. There were rumors of Deontay Wilder appearing in the game as well.
“What? Where are you hearing this sh*t,” White asked, via MMA Fighting. “Tyson Fury might be.”
Fury (30-0-1) has dabbled in MMA before, sparring with Darren Till. He has previously expressed an interest in fighting inside the octagon, though nothing has come close in regards to a contract. Joshua (23-1) has not competed in MMA but is one of the biggest boxing stars out there.
Conor McGregor has been the face of the last two covers. The UFC has been teasing fighters who may be donning the new cover, with EA looking to make a game out of it all. Plans are in place to make an announcement regarding the game at UFC 251 on “Fight Island”, taking place on July 11.