Eight More Fighters for EA SPORTS UFC

By Rebecca Smith, 2 years ago
Over the last few weeks we've seen legends and current fighters covering all weight categories as EA continues to reveal its roster for EA SPORTS UFC. With the latest list of eight fighters we have hit the 70 mark, meaning that we have around 30 fighters left to be unveiled before the game's release next month. Who do you still want to see?
John Dodson 1

John Dodson 2

John Dodson

• Nickname: The Magician
• Record: 16-6-0
• From: Albuquerque, NM, USA
• Fights Out Of: Albuquerque, NM, USA
• Age: 29
• Height: 5’3” (160 cm)
• Weight: 125 lbs (56 kg)
• Strengths: Speed, Fast Hands and Feet, Explosiveness

Winner of The Ultimate Fighter Season 14’s Bantamweight tournament, John “The Magician” Dodson stands out as one of the quickest fighters competing in the UFC today. Making his home in the UFC’s Flyweight division following TUF, Dodson didn’t waste any time establishing himself as the field’s No. 1 contender, rattling off three wins in four fights with only a single decision loss coming at the hands of Flyweight champ, Demitrious Johnson. Seeming to improve every time he steps into the Octagon, it’s likely that Dodson won’t have to wait too long before earning himself another shot at the title.
Rich Franklin

Rich Franklin

• Nickname: Ace
• Current Record: 29-7-0, 1NC
• From: Cincinnati, OH, USA
• Age: 39
• Height: 6’1” (185 cm)
• Weight: 185 lbs (84 kg)
• Strengths: Excellent Striking Skills, Good Conditioning, Well-Rounded

A true veteran of both MMA and the UFC, Rich “Ace” Franklin enjoyed an incredible debut to his career, losing only one time in his first 24 professional bouts. With an elite standup game at his disposal, Franklin made his UFC debut with a TKO win over Evan Tanner in 2003, who he would later beat again in 2005 to claim the UFC Middleweight Championship and earn a coaching position on The Ultimate Fighter 2. Franklin enjoyed two title defenses at Middleweight before eventually losing to Anderson Silva. In 37 pro bouts over the course of his 15-year career, Franklin has never lost back-to-back fights.
TJ Grant

TJ Grant

• Nickname: NA
• Current Record: 21-5-0
• From: Calgary, AB, Canada
• Fights out of: Cole Harbour, NS, Canada
• Age: 30
• Height: 5’10” (177 cm)
• Weight: 155 lbs (70 kg)
• Strengths: Good Submissions, Well-Rounded, Aggressive, Always Pushing the Fight

Beginning his MMA career in 2006, Canadian TJ Grant has been a UFC staple since making his debut in April of 2009 with a win over Ryo Chonan. A well-rounded fighter with a solid ground game, 13 of Grant’s 21 wins have come by way of submission. Despite kicking off this UFC career as a Welterweight, Grant moved down a weight class in 2011, debuting as a Lightweight with a win over Shane Roller. Since making the transition, Grant has been perfect at Lightweight, going 5-0 and most recently scoring a TKO over Gray Maynard.
Josh Koscheck 1

Josh Koscheck 2

Josh Koscheck

• Nickname: NA
• Current Record: 19-8-0
• From: Waynesburg, PA, USA
• Fights Out Of: Fresno, CA, USA
• Age: 36
• Height: 5’10” (177 cm)
• Weight: 170 lbs (77 kg)
• Strengths: Wrestling, Athleticism, Former NCAA Champion

Holding the distinction of being a cast member on the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter, Josh Koscheck wasted no time making his presence felt in the UFC with his debut in the organization coming in April of 2005 in only his third pro bout. Since that time, Koscheck has been one of the UFC’s most active fighters, competing in the Octagon 22 times, tying him for fifth all-time in that department. With elite wrestling and a devastating overhand right at his disposal, Koscheck is always capable of ending a fight on his terms. Having suffered three consecutive losses for the first time in his career, Koscheck will be on the hunt for an all-important win the next time he steps into the Octagon.
Pascal Krauss

Pascal Krauss

• Nickname: Panzer
• Current Record: 11-2-0
• From: Breisach, Germany
• Fights Out Of: Freiburg, Germany
• Age: 27
• Height: 6’1” (185 cm)
• Weight: 170 lbs (77 kg)
• Strengths: Controlled Aggression, Well-Rounded, Intelligent

Beginning his professional MMA career in 2008, Pascal “Panzer” Krauss went on a 10-fight winning streak that carried over to his UFC debut in November of 2010. Boasting a well-rounded skill set and fighting out of his home country of Germany, Krauss has displayed a knack for finishing opponents, earning a stoppage in all but two of his 11 victories – including five first-round finishes. Being handed only the second loss of his career in his last bout, Krauss will be looking to bounce back strong in his next fight.
Chad Mendes

Chad Mendes

• Nickname: Money
• Current Record: 16-1-0
• From: Hanford, CA, USA
• Fights out of: Sacramento, CA, USA
• Age: 29
• Height: 5’6” (167 cm)
• Weight: 145 lbs (65 kg)
• Strengths: Wrestling, Speed, Power

One of the UFC Featherweight division’s most dominant contenders, Chad “Money” Mendes has been fighting professionally since making his MMA debut back in 2008. Arriving in the UFC via the WEC where he posted a 4-0 record, Mendes entered the UFC with a perfect 10-0 record. Suffering the only loss of his career to UFC Featherweight champ Jose Aldo, Mendes has been on a tear ever since, putting together a five-fight win streak that earned him the chance to avenge his loss and claim the belt in a second fight with Aldo.
Mauricio Rua

Mauricio Rua

• Nickname: Shogun
• Current Record: 22-9-0
• From: Curitiba, Brazil
• Fights out of: Curitiba, Brazil
• Age: 32
• Height: 6’1” (185 cm)
• Weight: 205 lbs (93 kg)
• Strengths: Very Aggressive, Excellent Background in Muay Thai and Jiu-Jitsu, Power

Having achieved legendary status over the course of a 12-year MMA career that saw him claim both a Pride Championship as well as the UFC’s Light Heavyweight Title, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua still boasts some of the heaviest hands in the division. An amazing 19 of Shogun’s 22 career victories have come by way of KO/TKO, scoring his most recent against James Te Huna in Brisbane, Australia. Shogun also stands as the only fighter to log back-to-back KO wins over two UFC Hall of Famers, in Mark Coleman and Chuck Liddell.
Dennis Siver

Dennis Siver

• Nickname: NA
• Current Record: 22-9-0
• From: Omsk, Russia
• Fights Out Of: Mannheim, Germany
• Age: 35
• Height: 5’7” (170 cm)
• Weight: 145 lbs (65 kg)
• Strengths: Punches, Takedown

An MMA veteran competing professionally for the past decade, Dennis Siver has fought as a Welterweight, Lightweight and most recently Featherweight over the course of his career. Winner of seven of his last nine bouts Siver’s main strength is his striking, but that hasn’t stopped him from picking up seven submission finishes to go along with his seven KO/TKO victories. Fighting out of Mannheim, Germany, Siver has notched two Knockout of the Night bonuses, two Fight of the Night bonuses and one Submission of the Night bonus in his 17 UFC appearances to date.
Who will you be picking when EA SPORTS UFC is due to be released on June 17th, 2014 in North America and June 20th in Europe?
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.