Three well-known MMA fighters — headlined by UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson— are taking their competitiveness from the cage to the controller.
Johnson, Angela Hill and Jens Pulver will all be competing in esports for a chance at the $200,000 prize pool at Daybreak Games’ H1Z1 Invitational later this month at TwitchCon, officials told MMA Fighting.
The trio of fighters will be in the All-Stars portion of the tournament, which features “some of the most electrifying streamers, content creators, MMA fighters, and personalities from around the globe.”
Johnson is coming off an historic victory last weekend at UFC 216 in Las Vegas. Johnson beat Ray Borg by fifth-round submission to set the UFC record for most consecutive title defenses (11). “Mighty Mouse” did so with a finish straight out of a video game — a suplex variation into an armbar. It was one of the greatest fight-ending sequences in promotion history.
Hill, the former Invicta FC strawweight champion, will be back in action against Nina Ansaroffat UFC Norfolk on Nov. 11. Pulver, a legend of the sport, began his career back in 1999 and owns a victory over BJ Penn.
The H1Z1 Invitational takes place Oct. 21 and Oct. 22 at Long Beach Convention Center. The All-Stars portion of the tournament will begin 2 p.m. on Oct. 21.