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EA just bought the UFC license from THQ!

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Published on Jun 4, 2012

It's friggin' official: EA MMA is back, baby. Today at E3, MMA fans finally got a sweet little taste of the gaming expo goodness that the Electronic Entertainment Expo provides and had their minds completely blown when Dana White walked onstage during the EA press conference and announced that EA Sports had purchased the UFC license from THQ and they will be making UFC games for years to come.

Bold and italicized for effect - EA has purchased the UFC license from THQ, and they will be making UFC games for years to come.

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EA MMA is not dead, Ea MMA is kind of like Sean Penn in We're No Angels and UFC Undisputed is like Sean Penn in Dead Man Walking...and I think we're Susan Sarandon. Here are a few choice snippets from the official EA press release: "We're thrilled to begin a long-term partnership that will bring fans incredibly authentic, and deeply connected, UFC videogames," said Andrew Wilson, EVP and Head of EA SPORTS. "UFC has become a global powerhouse because they have the world's best fighters, competing in the world's best mixed martial arts events. We share UFC's passion for the sport, and we look forward to capturing all of the intensity and excitement of the action with unique new game experiences across a range of platforms." Zuffa has licensed to EA the UFC rights previously held by THQ, Inc. (THQI). "We'd like to thank THQ for creating some of the most critically-acclaimed sports videogames of this console generation, and we're excited to enter a new relationship with EA that will help us deepen our connection with fighting fans around the world," said UFC President Dana White. "There's no one better at creating authentic sports videogames than EA SPORTS, and we're excited to have a partner who shares our vision of deep, connected and multi-platform global game experiences."

And THQ's official release: THQ Inc. and Zuffa, LLC, today announced that they have reached an agreement to transfer THQ's exclusive, worldwide license with Zuffa to publish videogames based on the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) brand to Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA), effective today, in exchange for an undisclosed cash payment to THQ. "Over the last three years, THQ has delivered best-in-class, all-encompassing experiences to MMA fans, sports enthusiasts and fighting gamers around the globe with its UFC Undisputed™ series. We want to thank them for their stewardship of our brand," said Lorenzo Fertitta, Chairman and CEO of Zuffa. "We look forward to joining forces with EA to leverage their sports platform, and expand our brand in the video game space."

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