Today saw the bombshell announcement that
Bruce Lee will be in EA Sports UFC as a playable character.
While it was a pretty stunning revelation, it's by no means the first time a sports game has featured an unusual unlockable celebrity character.
Over the years we've seen many a sports title surprise us at the last minute by throwing someone unexpected into the mix, be it Michael Jackson as a boxer or the President of the United States playing basketball.
To celebrate the news that we'll soon be able to take to the octagon as the greatest mixed martial artist who ever lived, we've decided to put together a list of the other unconventional unlockable characters we've seen in sports games over the years.
If you reckon we've missed any good ones out, let us know in the comments. And no, Mike Tyson in Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! doesn't count.
Michael Jackson in Ready 2 Rumble Boxing: Round 2 Midway's boxing sequel also featured basketball star Shaquille O'Neal and both Bill and Hillary Clinton as hidden fighters, but by far the most interesting was the King Of Pop, who actually performed the motion capture for his in-game persona.
Barack Obama in NBA Jam Here's a fun fact - it's perfectly fine to use the likeness of a politician in entertainment if it's parody or satire. That's how EA managed to add Democrat and Republican teams to NBA Jam, each starring a number of famous faces including the President himself.
FC Sonic in Virtua Striker 3 Ver 2002 The GameCube port of Virtua Striker 3 features an unlockable team consisting of Sonic characters. Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy and Eggman are in there, with dinky Chao characters making up the rest of the team. Don't send them up for headers.
Donkey Kong in Punch-Out!! The Wii remake of Nintendo's arcade classic featured a special final fight if you managed to defeat every opponent twice. Donkey Kong is the strongest fighter in the game, but with a calm head you'll be able to make a monkey out of him. Sorry.
Mortal Kombat characters in NBA Jam: Tournament Edition The recent game may have the likes of Obama in it, but NBA Jam's tradition of sneaking in oodles of hidden characters dates right back to the first arcade game and its updated sequel, Tournament Edition. Among its many secret ballers were Mortal Kombat characters Sub-Zero, Raiden and Reptile.
The Rocky Statue in Rocky Here's an odd one. Beat this Xbox, PS2 and GameCube title's Movie Mode on contender difficulty to unlock the statue that Rocky unveils in Rocky III. What's more, finish it on champ difficulty to unlock Rocky's trainer, Mickey Goldmill.
Team Mario in NBA Street V3 As part of a deal to put Nintendo characters in the GameCube versions of a few EA Sports games, Mario, Luigi and Peach ended up being playable in not only SSX On Tour but also NBA Street V3.
Little Mac in Fight Night Round 2 The deal also let EA put Little Mac from the Punch-Out!! series in the GameCube version of its second Fight Night game. This was the blonde Little Mac from the SNES entry Super Punch-Out!!, and the entire SNES game could also be found as a hidden unlockable in the game.
Burger King in Fight Night Round 3 Round 2 wasn't the only Fight Night game to feature odd characters. The first Xbox 360 entry in the series let you eventually unlock the creepy as hell Burger King mascot as your trainer, accompanying you to the ring and undoubtedly chilling the bones of everyone in attendance.
Darth Maul in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 The Tony Hawk's Pro Skater series had loads of bizarre hidden characters over the years, including Wolverine, Spider-Man, Iron Man, a Call Of Duty soldier, Gene Simmons from KISS, James Hetfield from Metallica and even Shrek. But our favourite was Darth Maul, mainly because his board floated and he could take his double-ended lightsaber out.
Shaquille O'Neal in UFC Undisputed 2010 Not content with being a hidden character in Ready 2 Rumble Boxing Round 2 and appearing in his own duff fighting game Shaq Fu, basketball legend Shaq also appeared in THQ's second UFC game.
Fred Durst in WWF Smackdown: Just Bring It! At the time of this PlayStation title's release Limp Bizkit were very much a popular band, with their song Rollin' being used as The Undertaker's entrance theme. That's why the band's frontman Fred Durst became a playable character - not just in this game, but also in Xbox-only title WWF Raw.
Justin Bieber in NBA 2K13 2K Sports' basketball gem has a full Celebrity All-Stars team full of stars including the likes of Chamillionaire, people from Jersey Shore and the guy who played Kevin in the US version of The Office. By far the most recognisable face, though, is little Biebs. Hit him hard.
Super Furry Animals in Actua Soccer 2 Welsh prog rockers Super Furry Animals featured PlayStation title Actua Soccer 2 in the music video for their song Play It Cool, so to reciprocate Gremlin Interactive put them in the game as hidden players.
Bruce Lee in EA Sports UFC And so we come to the legendary martial artist, who it was today confirmed will star in EA's upcoming UFC game. Just look at him - to say we're excited to play as him would be one hell of an understatement.