CKA: Jan 16, 2007

News and Notes

- Fight Opinion is reporting that PRIDE Lightweight Champion Takanori Gomi may be on his way to the UFC. Gomi has apparently received the green light from PRIDE which will allow him to fight in the UFC. In doing so he’ll be representing PRIDE unlike Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic who is now a UFC fighter.

- Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Ricco Rodriguez will be making his pro boxing debut against unbeaten Chase Shields. Also on the card will be MMA journeyman Travis Fulton who is fighting Lou Savarese. Savarese is an accomplished boxer who has faced the likes of former champions James “Buster” Douglas, Tim Witherspoon, Mike Tyson and George Foreman.

- Sergei Kharitonov will make his return to the ring at PRIDE 33 against Gilbert Yvel.

Recommended Reads

IGN: Flock Talks UFC

Here is a little excerpt from the interview:

IGN: This isn’t the first time THQ has handled a mixed-martial arts game. What does this mean for THQ? What makes this announcement and this decision so important?

Kelly Flock: The previous games we did were picked up from Japan, and they were based on Pride FC. These games are a different story. What’s happened since then is that the popularity of the UFC has really kicked into gear. It’s amazingly popular right now. We saw the numbers, how it was taking off, how our demographic was interested, and we felt like it was time to bring it back to the interactive arena. The response from people we know about it all think this is a great move.

IGN: What are the two or three most important elements of your announcement?

Flock: It’s a huge announcement because most of the active videogame publishers were after the license. But Zuffa selected us. That’s the biggest element of our announcement. The reason THQ got the license was because we were the ones most passionate about it. We have a big presence in the category and we have a couple people internally at THQ who really get it. We really understand the property, its value. We know how to launch these kinds of games, and we have the ability to execute. That’s why Zuffa picked us; that’s why it’s important.

IGN: Will this be an annual game?

Flock: That’s our expectation. UFC lends itself to an annual update, so we expect to have annual iterations of the game with new features, updated and upgraded graphics and gameplay, the whole deal.

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