EA were in talks to buy publisher THQ before it went bust, court documents published by Polygon have revealed.
The future of EA Sport's fledgling MMA franchise looks bleak after the UFC brand snapped up rival operator Strikeforce, upon which the publisher's 2010 brawler was based.
THQ has extended its exclusive licensing agreement with Zuffa to make UFC games through to 2018.
THQ may axe its policy of releasing a UFC game every year after the last game in the mixed martial arts simulation series sold fewer copies than expected.
THQ has posted depleted sales for the quarter ending 30th September, but has reassured investors with promises of imminent money-winners - particularly WWE SmackDown vs Raw - in the future.
THQ head banker Paul Pucino reckons no one stands a chance against the might of the UFC licence - not mentioning any names but MMA obviously.
THQ boss Brian Farrell has said he expects Project Natal to be released "late next year".
His statement was made during a financial earnings call (via Kotaku).
Farrell went on to say that he expects "a price cut would be in order by at least two of the three manufacturers" in the future. When pressed, he added that a PS3 snip in the range of $100 "wouldn't surprise us".
EA Sports boss Peter Moore has brushed off UFC copycat allegations by explaining that Mixed Martial Arts has been in development for at least two years already.
The president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship has declared the organisation is "at war" with Electronic Arts - but says they started it.
THQ has trumpeted the arrival of a UFC patch that will punish online match-quitters, among other things.
THQ is working on a patch to stop people cheating by disconnecting from UFC 2009 Undisputed online bouts when they are about to lose.
UFC 2009: Undisputed remains champion of the UK chart for the week ending 30th May, despite plenty of big-name new entries.
UFC 2009: Undisputed debuts at the top of the UK All-Formats chart this week, abruptly halting the record-breaking top-spot attempt by Wii Fit.
THQ will release a demo of UFC 2009 Undisputed for PS3 and 360 next Thursday, 23rd April.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has dumped some of its most promising stars for refusing to sign lifelong image-replication deals for the THQ series of official videogames.
Those of you who like a bit of ultimate fighting will be pleased to hear that THQ has announced a new UFC game.
Ultimate Fighting Championship 2009: Undisputed is the latest in series of games based around the leading mixed martial arts competition.
The latest one will feature more than 80 of the sport's top fighters as well as popular commentators, referees and of course 'octagon girls'. Photo-realism has been bandied about with regard to the graphics - watch the trailer to see for yourself.
THQ has torn the Spandex pants off a fresh WWE game only for PS3 and Xbox 360.
It's called Legends of Wrestlemania and will launch alongside the annual sporting entertainment event in March 2009.
The best bit is that it lets you play as all the old heroes from the golden era of wrestling, and so will appeal to people like us who, would you believe, don't actually watch wrestling any more.