Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is offering up some additional Octagon carnage in advance to UFC 252 tomorrow night (Sat., Aug. 15, 2020) live on ESPN+ pay-per-view (PPV) from inside UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, as Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier finalize their trilogy in a main event heavyweight title fight.
The extra action will be played out on the new EA Sports UFC 4 video game later tonight, as a collection of fighters, celebrities, and social media personalities will go toe-to-toe on an exclusive virtual card. The special event will feature the likes of UFC superstars Jorge Masvidal and Max Holloway, heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury, and Hollywood actor Idris Elba. The action starts at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN 2, and can be seen in the above video player.
From the official YouTube description:
EA SPORTS UFC Virtual Fight Card LIVE takes some of the biggest celebrities, UFC fighters and other athletes and puts them into the virtual Octagon. Punches, jokes and trash talk will be exchanged, with each livestreamed match-up boasting some big names.
First up, we have Instagram’s Behzinga against former NFLer and sports personality Spice Adams. Next, a pair of matches for the wrestling fans— the Bella Twins will face off against one another and Kenny Omega will be taking on Twitch streamer Lirik. After that, UFC legend Max Holloway will take on comedian Hannibal Buress in a fight that promises lots of punches and punchlines. Then UFC superstar Jorge Masvidal will take on rapper Action Bronson in a bid for NYC vs Miami bragging rights. And last but definitely not least, a Hollywood heavyweight in Idris Elba takes on a real heavyweight from the boxing world, Tyson Fury, in a battle of Brits you won’t want to miss.
In addition to all of these great virtual fights, there will be exclusive information about EA SPORTS UFC 4, newly released footage and videos, and appearances by other surprise celebrities — plus viewers at home will have a chance to win swag and prizes by watching and interacting on social media.
It’s EA SPORTS UFC Virtual Fight Card LIVE, and it all goes down starting Friday, August 14th at 7:30 PM Eastern on ESPN2, the UFC Twitch channel and on the UFC YouTube page. We’ll see you at the Octagon!
EA Sports UFC 4 was officially released earlier today on the PS4 and Xbox One. It is expected to be the best virtual fighting game ever created and offers a ton of new features and goodies for fight fans everywhere. The official trailer can be seen here.
That said, the game has received mixed reviews over the past few weeks since a select group of fans were able to download the beta version and test the gameplay out (EA Sports promises it has made the proper changes). It will be interesting to see how each fighter/celebrity fares later this evening for the first official EA Sports UFC 4 virtual fight card.
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 252 fight card this weekend RIGHT HERE, starting with the ESPN+/Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on ESPN+/ESPN at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN+.