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UFC Blacklisting Fighters Signing with EA

It's a fight! It's a fight! Looks as though the UFC and EA Sports are about to go into a knock-down brawl, as the former has stated that any UFC fighter signing on with the games publisher will be blacklisted from the UFC. In fact, UFC president Dana White said that he was "at war" with EA Sports, and that the company threw the first punch.

"It's easy to sit on the other side of the table and judge me on how I react to stuff like this," White said in an interview with MMAjunkie. "But let me tell you what--I've been in the trenches for almost 10 years, and I've been dealing with all these businesses, and EA was one of them." According to White, EA Sports told him that the UFC is not a real sport, that EA didn't want anything to do with the UFC, that it "wouldn't touch this thing."

But now EA Sports is eating its words. The UFC took its brand over to THQ. The end result--UFC Undisputed 2009--has racked in 2 million units sold since its debut in May 2009. Now White is rather ticked off that EA Sports has changed its mind, and is planning to release an EA Sports MMA title in the future.

"You told us you'd never be in business with us," he added. "They wouldn't even take a meeting because mixed martial arts disgusted them. This wasn't a real sport. Boy, they got over that real quick, didn't they?"

With 2 million units sold, why hold a grudge? Apparently, the UFC doesn't need EA Sports after all.