Blame EA Sports for Ronda Rousey's loss to Holly Holm (no, not really)

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You’d think having your face on the cover of a video game box wouldn’t ruin your career, and yet it may be a kiss of death.

Mixed martial arts fighter Ronda Rousey logged her first loss on Saturday, Nov. 14 in a title bout with Holly Holm at UFC 193. Her 12-match string of victories ended just a day after EA Sports announced Rousey’s placement on the cover of the 2016 game, UFC 2.

It’s hard to look at the proximity of these two events without thinking of the “Madden Curse.” This long-held superstition suggests that appearing on the cover of EA Sports’ annual Madden series contributes to that player’s misfortunes, usually but not always injury-related, during the subsequent season. Read more…

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