With Anderson Silva losing to Chris Weidman in July, the list of fighters that might grace the cover of EA Sports' first UFC game shrank to two - UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre or UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.
On Monday it was announced Jones made the cut.
Jones waxed ecstatic in a press release.
"It's another one of those surreal moments," said Bones. "One of those moments you just have to step back and pinch yourself and realize I'm not dreaming."
Jones also said he is not afraid of the curse in which for examples athletes on a Wheaties box suffer an unexpected decline. In the NFL the phenomenon is know as the "Madden Curse."
While being selected to be on the cover of a video game is akin to making the cover of a Wheaties box, it has also brought a decline in production to many cover athletes — most famously with the so-called "Madden Curse" in the NFL series.
"Before I won the belt, it had been passed around," said Jones to MMAJunkie. "All the champions would lose the belt in their first title defense, and I was the first one to keep the belt in a long time. Before my last fight, Anderson Silva had lost and other champions had gone down, everyone said ‘Oh Jon, what if you're next?' I refuse to give in to those superstitions."
Now a second figure has to be chosen for the cover, and that is up to you.
Metro PCS is sponsoring a weekly single elim tournament to whittle the 16 down to 1 between now and Dec 1. You can vote early and often, and can double your vote on Thursdays with Twitter specific hashtags. Potential winners are:
Junior dos Santos
The official retail cover with both fighters on it will be unveiled December 28 at UFC 168. “EA Sports UFC” will launch on Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 in spring 2014.
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