Originally Posted by Exact-Psience
Interesti... Oh wait... EA. Moving along.
For all their perceived entertainment-industry-equivalent-of-Haliburton-ness, the EA Sports studio are responsible for some of the best sports-based fighting games for iOS (MMA and Fight Night Champion).
(Of course, those two also happen to constitute a good-sized chunk of the number of sports-based, realism-inclined fighters available for the platform, so admittedly there is not much competition
This doesn't seem to come from the same studio within EA (though it's often hard to tell, as EA will move developers between projects at a whim, and have the same fellas do a similar game under a different banner), but that history might account for something. And if the fighting mechanics are sophisticated and skill-based enough, perhaps this might the one title where grinding to overcome the freemium limitations might not actually feel like a chore.
(Also, I want more fighting games for iOS, and that desire totally clouds my judgement and mires my cognition in raging bias.)