Female Fighters to be in Next UFC Game

EA has announced today that the heavily anticipated EA Sports UFC will be the first of its kind to feature playable female fighters.

This is a step forward for gender equality in sports video games and has put further scrutiny on other major brands, such as the multi-million selling Fifa, which was petitioned to include female players earlier this year.

So far only two fighters have been confirmed for the game; Meisha Tate and current UFC Women's Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, who made the announcement via instagram. The pair are scheduled to fight at UFC 168 on December 28, 2013.

Dana White, president of the UFC told the press: "Since we added the Women's Bantamweight division earlier this year, the women have impressed everyone. The female division has become a huge part of the UFC and fans will now be able to experience fighting with them in the game”.

All this publicity is good news for EA, who bought the rights to the UFC license from THQ following disappointing sales.

EA Sports UFC is expected for release in 2014.  

Words: Ben Gibson