UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is familiar with his cover-mate for “EA Sports UFC.”
Alexander Gustafsson defeated Georges St-Pierre in an online voting poll that was recently completed to earn the spot with Jones on the cover of the video game, which is slated for release in 2014.
“It’s a thrill and an honor to appear on the cover of the first ever EA SPORTS UFC game,” Gustafsson said. “I want to thank all my fans who tirelessly campaigned and voted for me. I am proud to have the support of not only my home country, Sweden, and Europe, but also from people all around the globe. This is a huge win that motivates me to become the best light heavyweight fighter in the world.”
St-Pierre, the former UFC welterweight champion, vacated his title on Thursday, only hours before the announcement was made.
“This was a great way to engage fans and we are excited that they selected Alexander Gustafsson as the cover vote winner,” said Dana White, UFC president. “Europe accounted for nearly 40-percent of the web traffic to the cover vote during the last week of voting. This overwhelming support from UFC fans in Europe is indicative of the sport’s rapidly growing popularity around the world and especially in EMEA. I couldn’t be more excited about the UFC game and the work that the team at EA SPORTS has done.”
Gustafsson and Jones went toe-to-toe for five rounds earlier this year, with “Bones” retaining his title. A rematch is in the works if both can get past their next scheduled opponents.