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EA SPORTS UFC – Roster Reveal

Boasting the deepest, most explosive talent pool of any MMA organization on the planet, the UFC has built its reputation on showcasing the best and brightest athletes that mixed martial arts has to offer. This spring, EA SPORTS UFC will do the same.

Over the next few months we’ll reveal the roster of EA SPORTS UFC, along with screenshots showcasing their next-gen likeness for the first time.

Check out the first batch of fighters, including EA SPORTS UFC Cover Athletes Jon “Bones” Jones and Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson.

Check out the second batch of fighters, including Cain Velasquez, Jose Aldo and Chuck Liddell

Don’t miss each batch of additional fighters, revealed regularly on this blog.

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Benson Henderson

  • Nickname: Smooth
  • Current Record: 20-3-0
  • From: Colorado Springs, CO, USA
  • Fights Out Of: Glendale, AZ, USA
  • Age: 30
  • Height: 5’9” (175 cm)
  • Weight: 155 lbs (70 kg)
  • Strengths: Wrestling, Good Submissions, Ground and Pound

Ever since making his way over from the WEC, Benson “Smooth” Henderson has been a staple at the top of the UFC’s Lightweight division. After initially taking the belt from Frankie Edgar in his fourth Octagon appearance, Henderson defended the strap three times against the likes of Edgar, Nate Diaz and Gilbert Melendez before finally losing it to rival Anthony Pettis in 2013. Already back to his winning ways with a victory over Josh Thomson, look for Bendo to work his way back to another title shot before long.

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Robbie Lawler:

  • Nickname: Ruthless
  • Current Record: 22-9-0, 1NC
  • From: San Diego, CA, USA
  • Fights Out Of: Coconut Creek, FL, USA
  • Age: 31
  • Height: 5’10” (180 cm)
  • Weight: 170 lbs (77 kg)
  • Strengths: Power, Hand Speed, Takedown Defense

With a skill-set divided down the middle between striking and takedowns, it’s little wonder that 18 of “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler’s 22 career wins have come by way of knockout. Back in the UFC after a stint in Strikeforce, Lawler immediately began working his way back up the Welterweight ladder and into the division’s top tier with three consecutive victories, including wins over Josh Koscheck and Rory MacDonald. The three fight win-streak earned him a bout with Johny Hendricks for the vacated Welterweight title.

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Gilbert Melendez

  • Nickname: El Nino
  • Current Record: 22-3-0
  • From: Santa Ana, CA, USA
  • Fights Out Of: San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Age: 31
  • Height: 5’9” (175 cm)
  • Weight: 155 lbs (70 kg)
  • Strengths: Ground and Pound, Cardio, Transitions

Strikeforce’s longtime Lightweight champion, Gilbert Melendez joined the UFC in April of 2013 with a bout against Benson Henderson for the UFC title. Despite snapping a seven fight win-streak with a close split decision loss to Bendo, Melendez remains one of the top fighters to beat in the division. An arsenal of sharp striking skills has earned Melendez 11 career knockouts since turning pro in 2002. Look for Melendez to coach the 20th season of the Ultimate Fighter, opposite Anthony Pettis before the two battle for the belt.

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Ronda Rousey

  • Nickname: Rowdy
  • Current Record: 9-0-0
  • From: Riverside, CA, USA
  • Fights Out Of: Venice, CA, USA
  • Age: 27
  • Height: 5’7” (170 cm)
  • Weight: 135 lbs (61 kg)
  • Strengths: Takedowns, Submissions, Explosiveness, Olympic Experience

Arguably one of the biggest stars fighting in the UFC today, “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey has been an unstoppable force in women’s MMA since turning pro in 2011. Rousey holds the distinction of being the UFC’s first Women’s Bantamweight champion, and also stands as the first American woman to claim an Olympic medal in Judo. Known for tapping out opponents with her signature armbar, Rousey recently showcased another side of her game, earning a TKO victory over fellow Olympian, Sara McMann, in just 66 seconds.

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Rory MacDonald:

  • Nickname: Ares
  • Current Record: 16-2-0
  • From: Quesnel, BC, Canada
  • Fights Out Of: Montreal, QC, Canada
  • Age: 24
  • Height: 6’0” (182 cm)
  • Weight: 170 lbs (77 kg)
  • Strengths: Striking, Submissions

At only 24 years of age, Rory “Ares” MacDonald is already a veteran of eight UFC bouts. Seeming to improve his all-around skill set every time he steps into the Octagon, the hard-hitting Canadian has finished 12 of his 15 victories and continues to ascend the Welterweight ladder. Training at Montreal’s famed Tristar Gym alongside Georges St-Pierre has contributed to MacDonald taking his game to the next level.

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Demian Maia

  • Nickname: NA
  • Current Record: 18-6-0
  • From: Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Fights Out Of: Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Age: 36
  • Height: 6’0” (182 cm)
  • Weight: 170 lbs (77 kg)
  • Strengths: Submissions, BBJ Black Belt, BBJ World Champion

Considered by many fans and fighters alike to be the best pure grappler fighting in the UFC today, Demian Maia has been submitting his competition in the Octagon since 2007. A true MMA veteran and consummate Brazilian Jiu Jitsu master, Maia put together an impressive five-fight winning streak upon entering the UFC and most recently a three-fight winning streak since dropping down to Welterweight in July of 2012.

 

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Mark Hunt

  • Nickname: Super Samoan
  • Current Record: 9-8-1
  • From: South Auckland, New Zealand
  • Fights Out Of: Sydney, Australia
  • Age: 39
  • Height: 5’10” (177 cm)
  • Weight: 265 lbs (120 kg)
  • Strengths: Resilience, Ability to Adapt, Power

Boasting some of the heaviest hands in the UFC’s hardest-hitting division, Mark “Super Samoan” Hunt has made a career of putting on spectacular fights against the planet’s top Heavyweight talent. After logging highlight reel knockouts of Cheick Kongo and Stefan Struve, Hunt most recently proved again that he’s both one of the most durable and dangerous fighters in the game, dropping jaws around the world with an unforgettable five-round performance against Bigfoot Silva.

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