EA Sports fighter Ken Shamrock says rival videogame could turn industry “on its head”


“EA Sports MMA,” a soon-to-be-released rival title to the UFC and THQ’s bestselling “UFC Undisputed” franchise, will be a phenomenal game that could revolutionize the MMA-videogame industry.

That’s the word from MMA legend Ken Shamrock, who’s admittedly a bit biased since he’s in the EA Sports game.

Shamrock, who told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) he became “unglued” when he saw his likeness on a World Wrestling Federation figurine, said he’s even more excited about the highly anticipated videogame.

“I went down and had a meeting with those guys, and it was a really, really good meeting,” Shamrock said of EA Sports. “Those guys seem very, very professional.”

EA Sports releases the game, which is available on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 platforms, later this summer. And despite the “UFC 2009 Undisputed” game already selling 3.5 million copies and the 2010 version hitting stores in May, Shamrock thinks “EA Sports MMA” – which features many Strikeforce and DREAM fighters, as well as some early MMA stars – will have a big impact.

“I think when they come out with this game, I think it’s going to turn the MMA videogame world on its head,” Shamrock said. “I think it’s going to be a phenomenal game. It even sounds really exciting.”

Shamrock, of course, is excited to see his likeness in the game alongside those of Fedor Emelianenko, Dan Henderson, Gegard Mousasi, Cung Le, Gilbert Melendez, Frank Trigg and dozens of others, including Ken’s adoptive brother, Frank Shamrock. Despite the UFC having a stronghold on the world’s top talent and featuring them in “UFC Undisputed,” EA Sports has put together a solid roster of other fighters.

Shamrock, who parlayed his early UFC dominance into a contract with the WWF (now known as the WWE), said a trip to the toy store gave him his first taste of merchandising fame.

“When I was in the WWF, I actually walked into a Toys’R’Us store when I was going Christmas shopping for my kids,” Shamrock said. “And I actually saw a doll of me on the shelf.

“I just went unglued. I was like, ‘That’s the coolest thing in the world.’ And it didn’t even look like me; it looked like Frankenstein.”

Of course, Shamrock is also happy to sign a contract with EA Sports to assure the videogame has “Ken Shamrock” and not a similar-looking character named something like “Ken Slam-rock.” Shamrock, who’s long had a big following in Japan thanks to his Pancrase and PRIDE fights, once learned that the country had comic books and cartoons based on him. He said they’d have his trademark garb – red trunks, red knee pads and red wrestling shoes – and even his hair, distinct jawline and muscular frame.

“But they said it’s something like Ken Slam-rock, not Ken Shamrock, and that it wasn’t me,” he said. “That way they said they didn’t have to pay me.”

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