Madden Curse is blamed for Ronda Rousey's KO

Has Ronda Rousey become a victim of the Madden Curse?

The defeat of Ronda Rousey by Holly Holm at UFC 193 has shocked the sporting world and now many gamers are quick to attribute the knock-out to the infamous "Madden Curse."

Many gamers and sports fans are blaming Rousey's first defeat to the infamous Madden Curse given that it was announced two days before the fight that she would appear on the cover of EA Sports: UFC 2.

The Madden Curse is an alleged superstition among sports fans that an athlete will have a poor season or suffer an injury after appearing on the cover of Madden NFL. It all started in 1999 when EA Sports replaced John Madden with Garrison Hearst.

The curse has become such a big deal to fans that bookies have created odds on how likely an injury will occur to the player after appearing on the cover. However, there is also a large number of fans who dismiss the curse as being nothing. 

Even though the curse has only affected football players, some fear that it's spreading to other EA Sports games.

According to Nick Schwartz of ForTheWin, that Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson had some bad luck after appearing on the cover of EA Sports: UFC. Most notable was Gustafsson two defeats while Jones failed a drug test and was suspended.

Despite her loss, EA Sports has announced that Rousey will remain on the cover of EA Sports: UFC 2.

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Stan Rezaee is a gamer from the Bay Area who has been writing about the medium for over five years. He is an old school gamer who still plays with his N64, PlayStation 2 and GameCube. When on his PC, he could still be found playing classic Counter-Strike with friends.

Published Nov. 16th 2015
  • Robert_1658
    I'll admit it. The real culprit was Peter Pan Peanut Butter. Notice the price increase. They want to make as much off this ASAP.
  • Auverin Morrow
    Featured Contributor
    I'm going to choose to blame this for Rousey's KO than to think that anyone could ever really dethrone the Queen...
  • Pierre Fouquet
    Featured Correspondent
    Well no one dethroned Mrs Targaryen did they? Well when she goes onto the cover of a game she will be dethroned (I mean other than a telltale game that is).

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