The EA Sports UFC video game franchise is two years and two editions old. In such a short period, it was developed quite the jinx as all four UFC fighters who have been depicted on the cover have met a significant hurdle in their career shortly thereafter.
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Jon Jones successfully defended his UFC light heavyweight title against Alexander Gustafsson on Sept. 21, 2013, in what is considered one of the greatest title fights in the 205-pound division. On Nov. 4, EA Sports and UFC announced Jones would be on the cover of the game due out in the spring of 2014. On Dec. 13, Gustafsson was announced as the winner of the fan vote to share the cover with Jones. Since then . . .
Jon Jones: He defended his title twice more, tested positive for cocaine, and then was stripped of the belt and suspended indefinitely after a hit-and-run incident in New Mexico. He was reinstated in late 2015.
Alexander Gustafsson: He won his next fight after Jones, then got knocked out in the first round by Anthony Johnson a few months after the video game was released. He then lost a split decision to Daniel Cormier.
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The two biggest stars in the UFC in 2015 were Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor, both of whom share the cover of EA Sports UFC 2, which is set to be released in March 2016. On Nov. 13, 2015, Rousey was announced as the cover, to be shared with the winner of Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor on Dec. 12. Since then . . .
Ronda Rousey: One day after the announcement, the unstoppable Rousey was stopped. Holly Holm knocked out Rousey in the second round with a vicious headkick, sending Rousey to places far deeper and darker than just the canvas of the Octagon.
Conor McGregor: The brash Irishman predicted a first-round KO of Aldo, and he delivered, doing so in 13 seconds, a UFC championship fight record. In McGregor's first fight since winning the featherweight title at UFC 194, he was submitted by Nate Diaz in the second round of a welterweight bout at UFC 196.