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The EA fighter ban is toast

The UFC has killed it’s plans to blackball fighters from their organization that appear in EA’s upcoming MMA game:

White revealed that he is backing off his earlier threats to ban any fighter who appears in EA’s game to be a part of UFC. “Nah, some people have crossed over,” he told Kotaku, “But believe me this is still going to continue to be a battle. …they’re the me-toos. The UFC game is the original game.”

The whole thing was pretty shaky to begin with since Randy Couture and Frank Trigg were already exceptions, and Vladimir Matyushenko also appears in the EA game. Plus you’ve got guys like Jake Shields, Mousasi, Fedor and Robbie Lawler on EA’s roster and you know the UFC wouldn’t pass on them. Still, the EA blacklist represented that scary kind of tyranny that the UFC likes to bust out from time to time, so I’m glad it’s officially dead and buried.