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THQ Announces UFC Undisputed 3 Cover Athlete Contest

with UFC welterweight title belt

UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre

Voting runs from August 26 to September 30

THQ, the makers of UFC Undisputed, are letting the fans decide which UFC champion will grace the cover of the upcoming third installment of the successful series.

The company announced in a press release earlier today that they will be holding an online vote allowing fans to pick the cover athlete, similar to the contest held by EA Sports earlier this year that placed Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis on the cover of the latest version of the popular Madden series.

Fans can pick between current champions Frankie Edgar, Georges St-Pierre, Anderson Silva, Jon Jones, and Cain Velasquez by visiting www.ufc.com/ufcundisputed3 between 6:00 AM PT on August 26 and 12:00 PM PT September 30 to register their vote.

“Letting fans vote for the UFC Undisputed 3 cover athlete is a unique way for us to connect with our extensive worldwide audience of UFC fans, fighting game enthusiasts and more casual sports followers,” said Danny Bilson, Executive Vice President, Core Games, THQ. “We look forward to seeing if Jon Jones, Anderson Silva, Georges St-Pierre or Cain Velasquez has what it takes to grace the cover of what will be the most invigorating MMA video game release to date.”

“We are excited to let fans choose the cover athlete for UFC Undisputed 3,” UFC President Dana White said. “Frankie, Georges, Anderson, Jon, and Cain are five of the most popular athletes in our sport and each wants to be on the cover. We love making our fans a part of the process and we’ll leave this one up to them.”

Casting a vote will also register select consumers into a sweepstakes to win tickets to a future UFC live event. Official rules and regulations can be found on the contest website.

Below is the complete press release from THQ:

AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – August 26, 2011 – THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) and Zuffa, LLC today announced a franchise-first opportunity for consumers to select the cover athlete for UFC®Undisputed™ 3, the forthcoming installment in the critically acclaimed mixed martial arts (MMA) videogame franchise based on the Ultimate Fighting Championship®. By visitingwww.ufc.com/ufcundisputed3 between 6:00 a.m. PT on August 26, 2011 and 12:00 p.m. PT on September 30, 2011, consumers may choose from one of five renowned UFC fighters – UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar, UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones or UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez – to appear on the front cover of the videogame.

In addition, by casting their votes, select consumers will have an opportunity to enter a sweepstakes to win tickets for a future UFC live event. The sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the 50 United States, District of Columbia and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are 21 years of age or older. No purchase is necessary to enter or win and is limited to one entry per person/per e-mail address over the entire sweepstakes period. The sweepstakes is void where prohibited. For Official Rules, please visit http://www.ufc.com/ufcundisputed3. UFC Undisputed 3 is currently in development for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, with a scheduled release of January 2012.

“Letting fans vote for the UFC Undisputed 3 cover athlete is a unique way for us to connect with our extensive worldwide audience of UFC fans, fighting game enthusiasts and more casual sports followers,” said Danny Bilson, Executive Vice President, Core Games, THQ. “We look forward to seeing if Jon Jones, Anderson Silva, Georges St-Pierre or Cain Velasquez has what it takes to grace the cover of what will be the most invigorating MMA videogame release to date.”

“We are excited to let fans choose the cover athlete for UFC Undisputed 3,” UFC President Dana White said. “Frankie, Georges, Anderson, Jon, and Cain are five of the most popular athletes in our sport and each wants to be on the cover. We love making our fans a part of the process and we’ll leave this one up to them.”

About UFC® Undisputed 3™
UFC Undisputed 3 will take players inside the virtual Octagon® with focus on intense toe-to-toe combat, impressive visual presentation and significantly increased accessibility, including the debut of PRIDE® Mode, two new weight classes and an impressive playable roster of more than 150 UFC fighters. PRIDE Mode will enable players to fight for the first time in the renowned Japanese MMA organization and include official commentators Bas Rutten and Stephen Quadros, authentic environments and notorious MMA rules, including the ability to execute soccer-style kicks, head stomps and ground knees to the head. Finishing an opponent will be more important than ever through devastating new moves, responsive striking controls, refined visual presentation and the introduction of a brand new, graphic-based submission system. In addition, players will now enter the Octagon with a choice between traditional and simplified gameplay control options, enabling them, regardless of skill level, to experience the intensity of UFC and nuances of MMA combat while executing simple standing strikes or more complex ground and transition mechanics.

Players will also experience the excitement of a live UFC event through significant visual improvements, including the introduction of much-anticipated fighter entrances, new camera positions, improved facial animations and a gritty, high contrast appearance. They will enter into battle with an unparalleled choice of more than 150 playable UFC fighters, including talent from the newly added featherweight and bantamweight divisions. Rounding out the virtual UFC experience with a significantly revamped online experience, as well as a variety of new and returning gameplay modes, UFC Undisputed 3 lets players have their fights – their way – to deliver the most intense, competitive and engaging experience to date for the franchise.

For more information on UFC Undisputed 3, please visit http://www.ufcundisputed.com, facebook.com/UFCUndisputed and twitter.com/UFC_Undisputed.

 

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