Ever wanted to see how soldier-turned-UFC star Tim Kennedy would fare against other elite MMA middleweights, especially if they don’t get an extra 30 seconds of recovery time between rounds for no good reason? Here’s your chance.
Kennedy, a former active-duty Special Forces sniper who’s now a sergeant first class in the Texas Army National Guard, joins welterweight Gunnar Nelson as a downloadable character in the latest update of “EA Sports UFC,” now available for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. He’s listed atop the game’s official roster, which includes UFC champ Chris Weidman, legends Anderson Silva and Dan Henderson, and Michael “The Count” Bisping, who lost a five-round decision to Kennedy in April (and earned YouTube infamy thanks to Kennedy and Ranger Up cohorts before that).
Fans of Kennedy may have to settle for virtual fighting for a few more months — Kennedy suffered a “left orbital inferior blowout fracture” in his controversial Sept. 27 loss to Yoel Romero and can’t fight for 180 days unless a doctor signs off, MMAJunkie.com reported. Despite the loss, Kennedy (18-5, 3-1 UFC) sits seventh in the UFC middleweight rankings behind the last two men to defeat him: No. 6 Romero and No. 5 Luke Rockhold, who earned a five-round decision over Kennedy in mid-2012. Rockhold faces ninth-ranked Bisping on Friday in Australia.
The game itself made headlines on its release for including a playable version of Bruce Lee, but the martial-arts icon is only available in the lighter weight classes, preventing a Lee-Kennedy showdown.
Watch video promoting the downloadable content below. Already have the game? Get details on the download here.