This new, spectacular-looking attempt at mixed martial arts fighting has the moves, but does it have the heart of the sport?
Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor's starring roles on the cover of EA Sports' latest attempt at recreating the world of the Ultimate Fighting Championship is fitting. These are two of the sport's most renowned stars; blessed with the precision, dedication and desire required to lift them to championship glory. Yet in their latest respective fights they both lost to opponents most expected them to beat. They've got the moves and the talent, but in the vital moment they failed to improvise and fell apart. EA Sports UFC 2 is no different.

The real UFC is full of sentimental, if brutal, glory. An underdog can get lucky and beat the champion with the first strike of a bout. The most enduring star can win in a way that no one has ever seen before, furthering strengthening their legend. Ronda Rousey beat Cat Zingano in 14 seconds using a combination of dodge, counterattack and submission that most would think impossible. Such moments of shock and awe don't happen here. UFC 2 is too sterile, too rigid, and too predictable to ever feel like a genuine representation of a sport that has built a dedicated audience thanks in large part to the reality that anything can happen at any moment.

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