Dallas Cowboys star DeMarco Murray was hanging out in New York City on Monday as part of the EA Sports UFC Times Square takeover event.
FOX Sports got a chance to talk with the running back for a few minutes about the video game, his MMA training and what he loves about the UFC.
FOX Sports: What do you think of the game?
DeMarco Murray: The game is great. The graphics are amazing. I’ve been playing the [UFC] games since college, so you can see the progress it’s made. Teaming up with EA took it to a whole other level.
FS: You’re a guy who trains in MMA. As far as the gameplay goes, is it pretty realistic?
It’s a great game and I can’t wait to get my copy and play it all today tomorrow. I’m going to take it to training camp with me and I’ve got a couple of days off so I’ll be able to play it.
DM: I definitely think it’s very, very realistic. You look at the game, just me playing for a short time, from the punches to the walkout music to the ground and pound, everything is similar to the real fights. And it’s great. It’s a great game and I can’t wait to get my copy and play it all today tomorrow. I’m going to take it to training camp with me and I’ve got a couple of days off so I’ll be able to play it.
FS: What does MMA training do for you as an athlete in another sport? How much does it help you?
DM: A lot of football is physical and things of that nature. When I train with those guys, obviously I’m not doing with they’re doing — I’m not trying to get into all that physicality — but the cardio is just second to none. I think that’s the best thing. It also takes a lot of hand-eye coordination and flexibility. The weights, they work a lot of muscles that I don’t work on a daily basis, so it’s good to use those muscles.
FS: Who’s your favorite fighter?
DM: My boy Chris Weidman is definitely my favorite fighter. He’s Bad Boy sponsored [like me]. He’s a good friend mine, definitely my favorite guy. But [Jon] "Bones" [Jones] is at the top of the game right now. He’s definitely one of my favorites, too.
DeMarco Murray is a big key for the Cowboys in 2014.
FS: What do you like about Weidman?
DM: How humble he is. He brings his lunchpail to work and just goes to work. Just tunnel vision. He knows what he wants and he’s not just satisfied with being the champion. He’s got more goals that he wants to attain.
FS: Most memorable UFC fight for you?
DM: I’ve been to so many and all of them are always new. It’s so hard. I watch so many of them, I’ve met so many [fighters]. Every time it’s something new. They do a good job of bringing new fighters in and the fighters do a great job of entertaining. That’s what it’s all about. I’m a fan at the end of the day, so I have no complaints whatsoever.
FS: Are a lot of the NFL guys fans?
DM: Oh yeah. I think UFC is taking over a lot of the sports lane.
FS: It might not ever be as big as the NFL or soccer, but where do you think the UFC can go as far as popularity?
DM: I think as far as Lorenzo [Fertitta] and Dana [White] and those guys take it. Right now, they’re in all these different countries and teaming up with FOX. They’re doing weekend fights, weekday fights. I think they’re doing a hell of a job promoting it and everybody is taking notice.