More Fighters Revealed for EA SPORTS UFC

By Rebecca Smith, 2 years ago
When you're developing a sports title such as EA SPORTS UFC, there are often few gameplay surprises. After all, most people already know how UFC matches will play out. Those that don't already have the basic grasp of the need to win. When this is taken into account, the attention tends to turn away from the gameplay and head towards the people that will be included in the title for selection. In this case, EA gets the fun of revealing more and more fighters as we near the release date for the title. Having already given us the lowdown on 21 male fighters and briefly mentioning two female fighters, EA has now announced a further eight male fighters to join the roster.

Benson Henderson

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.
Brad Pickett

Brad Pickett

• Nickname: One Punch
• Current Record: 24-8-0
• From: East London, England
• Fights Out Of: Coconut Creek, FL, USA
• Age: 35
• Height: 5’6” (167 cm)
• Weight: 125 lbs (56 kg)
• Strengths: Boxing, Striking, Heart

Since making his UFC debut in November of 2011, Brad “One Punch” Pickett has consistently proven to fans that win or lose they can expect fireworks whenever he steps into the Octagon. In his six UFC appearances to date, all as a Bantamweight, Pickett has earned five post-fight awards – four for Fight of the Night and one for Knockout of the Night. After putting together a 3-3 record in the UFC, Pickett is slated to make his Flyweight debut with the organization in early 2014.
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Cain Velasquez

• Nickname: NA
• Current Record: 13-1-0
• From: Yuma, AZ, USA
• Fights Out Of: San Jose, CA, USA
• Age: 31
• Height: 6’1” (185 cm)
• Weight: 240 lbs (109 kg)
• Strengths: Well Rounded, Takedowns, Power

Rapidly making a case for himself as the most dominant Heavyweight to ever step inside the Octagon, “The Baddest Man on the Planet”, Cain Velasquez doesn’t look to be letting go of his title anytime soon. An outstanding wrestler who can also throw leather with best in the world, Velasquez sets himself apart from his opponents thanks to a seemingly bottomless gas tank that allows him to push the pace and overwhelm the opposition far into the championship rounds. Since reclaiming the belt from Junior Dos Santos and avenging the only loss of his career at the end of 2012, Velasquez has been unstoppable in each of his ensuing appearances.
Demian Maia

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.
Gilbert Melendez

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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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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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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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.
Last, but not least, we have a ninth profile. This fighter was briefly mentioned back in September, but we have a full profile rundown now.

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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.
Battle against these fighters when the game is released on the Xbox One this spring.
Rebecca Smith
Written by Rebecca Smith
Rebecca is the Newshound Manager at TrueGaming Network. She has been contributing articles since 2010, especially those that involve intimidatingly long lists. When not writing news, she works in an independent game shop so that she can spend all day talking about games too. She'll occasionally go outside.