UFC takes major leap into virtual world ... again
LAS VEGAS -- All the training
As a small gathering of Ultimate Fighting Championship fighters, executives and media members laughed while sipping drinks and taking in the view from a $20,000-a-night Sky Villa at the Palms, Griffin virtually pummeled Jackson with a barrage of punches and kicks that should have put an end to the fight before he was saved by the first-round bell.
"Look at how my face looks," Jackson said at the sight of his bloodied mug. "You can't do that to me. I look too pretty."
Next to a couple of THQ video-game designers, Jackson and Griffin stood at opposite ends of the living room playing
"At no point do I want you to listen to me," Griffin told his designer after the first round, admitting that he doesn't know anything about video games.
"You better watch how you play, homey, I know what I'm talking about," Jackson said as he pulled out an
"That looks like Juanito's really in my face talking," Jackson said. "I can smell his breath. That's how real it is. When I'm fighting and Juanito comes and talks to me, I'm always thinking, 'Damn, I wish this guy had a breath mint.' His breath smells like somebody wore a sock in the rain for two weeks and they kick some cow patties around for a couple of hours. He talks
Ibarra, donning his signature bucket hat, simply smiled and crossed his arms. "Yeah, it does look like me, but my breath smells better," he said.
As the second round unfolded, Griffin continued to beat up on Jackson before Rampage finally took matters into his own hands. "Give me that," he said, grabbing the controller. A few seconds later, he threw a right hook that connected with Griffin's chin, knocking him out as the camera zoomed on the fallen fighter's face.
"It looks like I really got knocked out," Griffin said, grimacing at the sight while Jackson howled at the ceiling. "They even got my ears right. They couldn't push those things back for me a little bit? C'mon, help me out."
UFC 2009 Undisputed is the fight company's first foray into the gaming world in nearly five years, a surprisingly long absence considering the organization's stranglehold on the 18-24 demographic that drives the gaming industry.
"When we bought this company in 2001, they already had a video-game deal and it was horrible," said UFC president
Jackson thinks the game could also be a preview of things to come this Saturday when he actually steps into the Octagon to face Griffin at UFC 86.
"I like the knock-out part, but not the beginning part," Jackson said. "All I know is, I'll be in control Saturday. I'm a take-control kind of guy. What do I look like?"