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“Attack on Titan” Art Promotes Japanese UFC Event

Attack on Titan author Hajime Isayama has confirmed that a number of titans, or at least their musculatures, are based on mixed martial arts UFC veterans. Eren’s titan is Jushin Okami. The Armored Titan is parts Brock Lesnar, Alistair Overeem and Wanderlei Silva. Fans have theorized on a number of others. With the UFC returning to Japan next month, the event has tapped into the connection with a special AoT poster give-away and transit ads.

六本木駅にて。諦めて帰ろうとしたら有りました。 #ufcJapan pic.twitter.com/9lJNvNyhei

— ひろせりゅうじ (@hi_ryz) August 14, 2014

東京メトロ新橋駅で掲出中、UFC×進撃の巨人コラボポスターです!#ufcjapan pic.twitter.com/6h1rD2uXBI

— 橋口幸生 (@yukio8494) August 11, 2014

The September 20th UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Nelson is the mixed martial arts promotion’s third fight card at Japan’s Saitama Super Arena following UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson in February 2012 and UFC on Fuel TV: Silva vs. Stann in March 2013.As with previous Japanese trips, promotional efforts it also got a bit of help from Yudetamago, creator(s) of manga’s intergalactic wrestler Kinnikuman.

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Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain’t It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.