Fans anticipated that when Nicholas “NICKMERCS” Kolcheff and Tim “TimTheTatman” Betar announced their collaboration with the UFC at the 10th Annual UFC International Fight Week, it meant they’d be walking into the octagon—or at the very least a boxing ring—and fighting. However, not everyone was convinced. Some speculated that the initial announcement’s cryptic nature implied the crossover would be something more limited. They were also completely correct, as it turned out.
During his June 14th stream, NICKMERCS said, “When we originally rolled out this announcement, it kind of left a lot of people thinking that we were squaring up. I’m going to keep it a buck fifty with you, okay? We’re not squaring up.”
Instead, they’ll face off in the virtual octagon on EA SPORTS UFC 4, with the fight taking place on stage in front of a live audience. Throughout the fight, they will be instructed by actual UFC athletes. The fight will then spill over into an Apex Legends Arenas showdown, where they’ll compete in a series of three-on-three clashes against guests like FaZe’s Kalei and Nio for a piece of the MFAM Showdown prize pool.
NICKMERCS said he’s excited to partner with them and bring the gaming and fighting communities together. He’s a major UFC fan who’s watched the blockbuster mixed-martial-arts events they’ve put together for years. The Twitch star remarked; “To be able to work with them and kind of connect those bridges with gaming and MMA is crazy, to say the least. I’m so excited, and I’m so happy to be doing something like this. We’re going to have a lot of fun with it.”
The event begins on July 1 and serves as the perfect warm-up for the upcoming UFC 276 event in Nevada, which will feature two major championship fights, Israel Adesanya vs. Jared Cannonier and Alexander Volkanovski vs. Max Holloway.