HOUSTON – UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva will grace the cover of "UFC Undisputed 3."
On the main stage of UFC Fan Expo Houston 2011, UFC president Dana White today revealed the winner of a fan-driven vote that ran from Aug. 26 to Sept 30.
"I'm very happy," Silva said after the announcement. "Thank you to my fans and my family. For me this is a great, great, great dream."
Silva emerged from a pool of five UFC champions that also included Frankie Edgar, Jon Jones, Georges St-Pierre and Cain Velasquez.
The third installment of the critically acclaimed and bestselling "UFC Undisputed" videogame franchise is set for a January 2012 debut.
Notable additions to the upcoming edition include the inclusion of the UFC's bantamweight and featherweight divisions, a "PRIDE rules" game-play option and fighter walkouts, as well as a roster of more than 150 fighters. THQ is also making additional tweaks to gameplay.
Silva said he often plays "UFC Undisputed" with his sons but rarely proves victorious. His favorite characters to use include teammates Lyoto Machida and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
"'UFC Undisputed 3' is on track to deliver an incredible virtual MMA experience unlike any other," Danny Bilson, Executive Vice President of Core Games at THQ stated when the title was first officially announced. "This product is intense, engaging and highly competitive while still being extremely accessible, making it a must-have for millions of UFC fans, traditional fighting game enthusiasts and more casual sports fans around the world.
"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."
The official YouTube channel of "UFC Undisputed 3" features teaser footage of the game.
The first installment of "UFC Undisputed" debuted in May 2009 and the second in May 2010. The most adventurist MMA title to date, "Undisputed" had sold millions of copies, earned very positive reviews, and won an array of industry awards. The game was developed by Yuke's and is published by THQ.