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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 EA will reveal the entire roster of EA SPORTS UFC, along with screenshots showcasing their next-gen likeness for the first time. Check out the first batch of fighters and stay tuned for more to come in the coming months.

Minotauro Nogueira

  • Nickname: Minotauro
  • Current Record: 34-8-1, 1NC
  • From: Bahia, Brazil
  • Fights Out Of: Gardena, CA, USA
  • Age: 37
  • Height: 6’3” (190 cm)
  • Weight: 240 lbs (109 kg)
  • Strengths: Stamina, Great Jiu-Jitsu and Boxing Skills

Truly one of MMA’s living legends, Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira has the distinction of being the only fighter in history to have won both the UFC and PRIDE Heavyweight belts. Throughout his storied career, Minotauro has racked up wins over the top talent in his division while earning himself a reputation as a fan favorite thanks to incredible displays of toughness and amazing comeback victories.

Demetrious Johnson

  • Nickname: Mighty Mouse
  • Current Record: 19-2-1
  • From: Madisonville, KY, USA
  • Fights Out Of: Parkland, WA, USA
  • Age: 27
  • Height: 5’3” (160 cm)
  • Weight: 125 lbs (56 kg)
  • Strengths: Speed, Conditioning and Technique

When looking at the UFC’s Flyweight division, the first name that should come to mind is Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson. Not only is the Kentucky native widely recognized as one of the quickest fighters on the planet, but after becoming the division’s inaugural champion in 2012, the belt has never left his waist. Currently on a six-fight undefeated streak, Mighty Mouse defended his title three times in 2013, and seems to only be improving with every bout.

Rashad Evans:

  • Nickname: Suga
  • Current Record: 24-3-1
  • From: Niagara Falls, NY, USA
  • Fights Out Of: Boca Raton, FL, USA
  • Age: 34
  • Height: 5’11” (180 cm)
  • Weight: 205 lbs (93 kg)
  • Strengths: Takedowns, Takedown Defense, Speed

One of only three Ultimate Fighter season winners to go on to claim a UFC Championship, “Suga” Rashad Evans has been a staple of the Light Heavyweight division’s Top Ten for as long as most fans can remember. With outstanding wrestling and lightning quick hands, Evans has claimed victories over a murderers’ row of UFC legends including Rampage Jackson, Chuck Liddell, Dan Henderson, Stephan Bonnar and Forrest Griffin.

 

Chael Sonnen:

  • Nickname: The American Gangster
  • Current Record: 29-14-1
  • From: Milwaukie, OR, USA
  • Fights Out Of: West Linn, OR, USA
  • Age: 36
  • Height: 6’1” (185 cm)
  • Weight: 205 lbs (93 kg)
  • Strengths: Excellent Wrestler, Constant Pressure, Stamina

Perhaps the most polarizing figure in the history of the UFC, everyone has an opinion about Chael Sonnen. A talented wrestler with a sharp tongue, The American Gangster never holds back on the trash talk leading up to his bouts and backs it up with an aggressive style once inside the Octagon. His 2010 bout of against Anderson Silva won Fight of the Year and is considered by many an instant classic.

Alexander Gustafsson

  • Nickname: The Mauler
  • Current Record: 15-2-0
  • From: Arboga, Sweden
  • Fights Out Of: Stockholm, Sweden
  • Age: 26
  • Height: 6’5” (195 cm)
  • Weight: 205 lbs (93 kg)
  • Strengths: Aggressiveness, Good Standup

One of the Light Heavyweight division’s rising stars, Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson boasts a 7-2 record since entering the UFC. With an Octagon skill set that continues to grow as quickly as his international fan base, the European fighter proved he could hang with the best when he turned in a Fight of the Night performance against division champ, Jon Jones. Poised for another big year in 2014, Gustafsson will join Jones on the first-ever cover of EA SPORTS UFC.

Georges St-Pierre:

  • Nickname: Rush
  • Record: 25-2-0
  • From: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Fights Out Of: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Age: 32
  • Height: 5’ 11” (180 cm)
  • Weight: 170 lbs. (77 kg)
  • Strengths: Athleticism, very well-rounded, disciplined

Arguably Canada’s most well-known athlete, Georges “Rush” St-Pierre has been an unstoppable force in the UFC’s Welterweight division for the better part of a decade. Using a mix of strategy, skill, work-ethic and natural athleticism, St-Pierre remained one of the longest reigning title-holders in UFC history prior to his decision to step away from the sport for an indefinite amount of time. At the age of 32, MMA’s premier wrestler has built himself a legacy among the greatest mixed martial artists of all time.

Jon Jones:

  • Nickname: Bones
  • Current Record: 19-1-0
  • From: Rochester, NY USA
  • Fights Out Of: Endicott, NY USA
  • Age: 26
  • Height: 6′ 4″ (193 cm)
  • Weight: 205 lbs. (93 kg)
  • Strengths: Wrestling, Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai

Not only is Jon “Bones” Jones the youngest champion in UFC history, but with virtually no gaps in his game, the Light Heavyweight title-holder is considered by many to be the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. At the age of 26, and hailing from a family of athletes—both his younger and older brothers currently play in the NFL—Jones has nothing but time ahead of him to polish his skills. This young superstar’s potential is limitless.

Dominick Cruz

  • Nickname: NA
  • Current Record: 19-1-0
  • From: San Diego, CA, USA
  • Fights Out Of: San Diego, CA, USA
  • Age: 29
  • Height: 5’8” (172 cm)
  • Weight: 135 lbs (61kg)
  • Strengths: Conditioning and Punching Power

The UFC’s first-ever Bantamweight Champion, Dominick Cruz represents one of the division’s most talented fighters, logging only a single loss in his professional career to rival Urijah Faber. An elusive fighter that deploys a mixture of boxing and wrestling inside the Octagon, Cruz also owned the WEC Bantamweight belt prior to becoming a champion in the UFC. Despite never losing his title during competition, Cruz has been plagued by a series of injuries that have kept him sidelined since 2011, eventually causing him to vacate his UFC title. Currently working his way back to 100%, Cruz will be looking to make his return to MMA in the near future.

Josh Thomson

  • Nickname: The Punk
  • Current Record: 20-6-0, 1NC
  • From: San Jose, CA, USA
  • Fights Out Of: San Jose, CA, USA
  • Age: 35
  • Height: 5’10” (177 cm)
  • Weight: 155 lbs (70kg)
  • Strengths: Cardio, Attitude

A true MMA veteran, Josh “The Punk” Thomson’s professional fighting career dates all the way back to 2001. Boasting a well-rounded skillset and strong ground game, Thomson has earned finishes in 14 of his 20 career victories, with eight coming via submission and another six by way of knockout. Making his original Octagon debut back in 2003 at UFC 44, Thomson went on to spend time as the Strikeforce Lightweight Champion before making his return to the UFC in April of 2013 with a Knockout of the Night performance over Nate Diaz.

Ronaldo Souza

  • Nickname: Jacare
  • Current Record: 20-3-0, 1NC
  • From: Espiritos Santos, Brazil
  • Fights Out Of: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Age: 34
  • Height: 6’1” (185 cm)
  • Weight: 185 lbs (84kg)
  • Strengths: Submissions, Takedowns, Power

Arriving in the UFC after an extended run in Strikeforce, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza has gone three-for-three since stepping into the Octagon, with wins over Chris Camozzi, Yushin Okami and most recently Francis Carmont. A former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion, Jacare’s last loss came in a 2011 title bout against Luke Rockhold. Having already climbed to No. 4 in the UFC’s Middleweight rankings, another strong performance from Souza in his next fight should bring him significantly closer to challenging for the belt.

Nate Diaz

  • Nickname: NA
  • Current Record: 18-9-0
  • From: Stockton, CA, USA
  • Fights Out Of: Stockton, CA, USA
  • Age: 28
  • Height: 6’0” (182 cm)
  • Weight: Weight: 155 lbs (70kg)
  • Strengths: Boxing, Jiu Jitsu, Heart

Winner of The Ultimate Fighter Season 5, and one half of the fan-favorite Diaz brothers, Nate Diaz made his professional fighting debut in the WEC at the age of 19. With a dominant ground game and top-tier boxing in his arsenal, Diaz not only finished all four of his TUF 5 bouts, but has since gone on to earn nine of his last 13 wins by submission. Most recently showcasing his standup with a Knockout of the Night win over Gray Maynard at The Ultimate Fighter 18 finale, Diaz will be looking repeat his bonus-winning performance the next time he steps back into the Octagon.

Miesha Tate

  • Nickname: Cupcake
  • Current Record: 13-5-0
  • From: Tacoma, WA, USA
  • Fights Out Of: Yakima, WA, USA
  • Age: 27
  • Height: 5’6” (167 cm)
  • Weight: 135 lbs (61kg)
  • Strengths: Submission Wrestling

A staple in women’s MMA since turning pro in 2007, Miesha “Cupcake” Tate has established herself as one most recognizable female fighters in the game today. Winner of seven of her last 10 bouts, Tate recently followed up her season as one of the first female coaches in the history of The Ultimate Fighter by going toe-to-toe with her rival Ronda Rousey for the Women’s Bantamweight Belt. Despite the loss, Tate turned in a Fight of the Night performance and grew her fan base in the process.

 

Dan Henderson

  • Nickname: Hendo
  • Current Record: 31-11-0
  • From: Downey, CA, USA
  • Fights Out Of: Temecula, CA, USA
  • Age: 43
  • Height: 6’1” (185 cm)
  • Weight: 205 lbs (93kg)
  • Strengths: Mental Attitude, Wrestling, Knockout Power in Both Hands

A true MMA legend, Dan “Hendo” Henderson, has squared off against the best-of-best in a pro career that dates all the way back to 1997 and is still going strong today. With 14 wins by KO/TKO it’s safe to say that Hendo has some of the heaviest hands in the UFC while also boasting one of the best chins. A fan-favorite who holds winning records in the UFC, PRIDE and Strikeforce, Henderson most recently got himself back into the win column with a Fight of the Night comeback-performance in his rematch with fellow legend, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.

Ian McCall

  • Nickname: Uncle Creepy
  • Current Record: 12-4-1
  • From: Newport Beach, CA, USA
  • Fights Out Of: Irvine, CA, USA
  • Age: 29
  • Height: 5’5” (165 cm)
  • Weight: 125 lbs (56kg)
  • Strengths: Sets a Fast Pace, Explosiveness, Ground and Pound

Owner of one of the most unique nicknames in the UFC today, Ian “Uncle Creepy” McCall has been fighting professionally since 2002. Making his Flyweight debut in 2011, McCall has already faced off against the divisions best, taking on Demetrious Johnson on two separate occasions, as well as Joseph Benavidez. After coming out on the wrong end of two consecutive unanimous decisions, McCall bounced back in style with a Fight of the Night win over Iliarde Santos at UFC 163 in Brazil.

Fabricio Werdum

  • Nickname: Vai Cavalo
  • Current Record: 17-5-1
  • From: Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • Fights Out Of: Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Age: 36
  • Height: 6’4” (193 cm)
  • Weight: 239 lbs (108kg)
  • Strengths: Ground Game

One of the biggest threats currently throwing down in the UFC’s Heavyweight division, Fabricio Werdum is a true MMA veteran and boasts a professional career that dates all the way back to 2002. Riding a three-fight win streak since returning to the UFC in February of 2012, Werdum has most recently showcased his versatile skill-set with a KO win over Mike Russow followed by a submission victory over Minotauro Nogueira. Currently, Werdum ranks among the top five Heavyweights in the UFC.

Gegard Mousasi

  • Nickname: NA
  • Current Record: 34-4-2
  • From: The Netherlands
  •  Fights Out Of: Leiden, The Netherlands
  • Age: 28
  • Height: 6’1” (185 cm)
  • Weight: 185 lbs (84kg)
  • Strengths: Well-rounded

With a pro career that spans all the way back to 2003, Gegard Mousasi has already put together an impressive record despite being 28 years of age. A talented finisher, only five of Mousasi’s 34 victories have come by way of decision, earning 19 other wins by knockout and another 10 by submission. After emerging victorious against Ilir Lafiti in his UFC debut in 2013, Mousasi was recently handed one of the few losses of his career by Lyoto Machida. He’ll be looking to bounce back with a win in his next fight and crack the Middleweight Top 10.

Anthony Pettis

  • Nickname: Showtime
  • Current Record: 17-2-0
  • From: Milwaukee, WI, USA
  • Fights Out Of: Milwaukee, WI, USA
  • Age: 27
  • Height: 5’10” (177 cm)
  • Weight: 155 lbs (70kg)
  • Strengths: Excellent Standup, Strong Ground Game, Creativity

The WEC’s final Lightweight champion and the UFC’s current Lightweight title-holder, Anthony
“Showtime” Pettis brings some flash with him every time he steps into the Octagon. The Milwaukee native possesses a deep bag of tricks that’s helped him emerge as the winner of eight of his last nine bouts. After securing himself a place on MMA’s all-time highlight reel by landing the cage-jumping “Showtime Kick”, Pettis went on to prove his ground game could be just as slick, winning his UFC title with a Submission-of-the-Year-worthy armbar.

 

Johny Hendricks

  • Nickname: Bigg Rigg
  • Current Record: 16-2-0
  • From: Ada, OK, USA
  • Fights Out Of: Dallas, TX, USA
  • Age: 30
  • Height: 5’9” (175 cm)
  • Weight: 170 lbs (77kg)
  • Strengths: Elite Wrestling, Power

One of the UFC’s fastest rising stars and easily one of the most feared fighters in the Welterweight Division, Johny “Bigg Rigg” Hendricks packs enough power to end every fight with a single shot. From an elite wresting pedigree, to a devastating left hand, to a solid chin, Hendricks has all the tools needed to either go the distance or down opponents quickly, and has ended eight of his 15 career wins by KO.

Lyoto Machida

  • Nickname: The Dragon
  • Current Record: 21-4-0
  • From: Salvador, Brazil
  • Fights Out Of: Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Age: 35
  • Height: 6’1” (185 cm)
  • Weight: 185 lbs (84kg)
  • Strengths: Karate, Unorthodox Style, Speed

Possessing one of the most technical and unorthodox styles in MMA today, Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida has been getting his arm raised in the Octagon since February of 2007. A former UFC Light Heavyweight title-holder, Machida made the move to Middleweight in 2013, instantly becoming one of the division’s top contenders. An elusive stand-up game and an talent for counter-striking has helped The Dragon score his share of highlight reel knockouts including a memorable front-kick KO against the legendary Randy Couture.

Junior Dos Santos

  • Nickname: Cigano
  • Current Record: 16-3-0
  • From: Santa Catarina, Brazil
  • Fights Out Of: Salvador, Bahia Brazil
  • Age: 30
  • Height: 6’4” (193 cm)
  • Weight: 238 lbs (108kg)
  • Strengths: Boxing, Strength, KO Power

Possessing some of the most polished and powerful boxing the UFC’s Heavyweight division has to offer, it is little surprise that 13 of Junior Dos Santos’ 16 MMA wins have come by way of knockout. The former Heavyweight champ, Cigano has only two losses to his name in 12 UFC appearances, with both being handed to him by current title-holder Cain Velasquez. Chances are it won’t be too long before Dos Santos’ name finds its way back into the title-contention picture.

Carlos Condit

  • Nickname: The Natural Born Killer
  • Current Record: 29-8-0
  • From: Albuquerque, NM, USA
  • Fights Out Of: Albuquerque, NM, USA
  • Age: 29
  • Height: 6’2” (187 cm)
  • Weight: 170 lbs (77kg)
  • Strengths: Striking, Submissions, Endurance

A perennial top contender in the UFC’s Welterweight division, former interim champ Carlos “The Natural Born Killer” Condit is never far from claiming UFC gold. A former WEC title-holder, Condit has proven himself a versatile fighter and fan-favorite, capable of producing fireworks – win or lose – whenever he steps inside the Octagon. Rangy, durable and notoriously tough to finish, The Natural Born Killer represents a challenge for any fighter in the division.

Francis Carmont

  • Nickname: Limitless
  • Current Record: 22-7-0
  • From: Paris, France
  • Fights Out Of: Montreal, QC, Canada
  • Age: 32
  • Height: 6’3” (190 cm)
  • Weight: 185 lbs (84kg)
  • Strengths: Striking

Hailing from Paris, France and fighting out of Montreal’s famed Tristar gym, Francis “Limitless” Carmont has been on the rise since entering the UFC in October of 2011. A teammate of former Welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, Carmont has proven that he’s capable of ending fights on his feet or on the ground, earning 10 of his career wins by submission and six by KO. After seeing his 11 fight win-streak recently snapped by Ronaldo Souza, Carmont will be looking to get back to his winning ways and continue climbing the Middleweight ladder.

 

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.

Robbie Lawler:

  • Nickname: Ruthless
  • Current Record: 22-10-0, 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.

 

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.

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.


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.

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.

 

Scott Jorgensen

  • Nickname: Young Guns
  • Current Record: 14-7-0
  • From: Payson, UT, USA
  • Fights Out Of: Boise, ID, USA
  • Age: 31
  • Height: 5’4” (162 cm)
  • Weight: 125 lbs (56 kg)
  • Strengths: Outstanding Wrestling, Great Conditioning, Very Aggressive

After going 7-3 over the course of his stint in the WEC, Scott “Young Guns” Jorgensen made his UFC debut in 2011, KOing Ken Stone on The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale. Possessing a well-rounded game and a knack for pushing the pace inside the Octagon, Jorgensen has gone toe-to-toe with some of best fighters on the planet including Urijah Faber, Dominick Cruz and Renan Barao. Following his sixth UFC bout, Jorgensen dropped down a weight class, making the move from Bantamweight to Flyweight.

Cub Swanson

  • Nickname: NA
  • Current Record: 20-5-0
  • From: Palm Springs, CA, USA
  • Fights Out Of: Albuquerque, NM, USA
  • Age: 30
  • Height: 5’7” (170 cm)
  • Weight: 145 lbs (65 kg)
  • Strengths: Gound Game, Scrambling, Jiu-Jitsu Background

A veteran of 25 professional MMA bouts in a career spanning back to 2004, Cub Swanson has been on a roll since the start of 2012. Unorthodox, unpredictable and rapidly establishing himself as a true contender in the Featherweight division, Swanson is currently riding a five-fight win-streak that saw his post wins over Top 10 divisional-talent, Dustin Poirier and Dennis Siver. Four of Swanson’s past five wins have come by way of knockout.

 

Frank Mir

  • Nickname: NA
  • Current Record: 16-9-0
  • From: Las Vegas, NV, USA
  • Fights Out Of: Las Vegas, NV, USA
  • Age: 34
  • Height: 6’3” (190 cm)
  • Weight: 240 lbs (109 kg)
  • Strengths: Great Submissions, Improved Striking, Two-Time Heavyweight Champion

Stepping into the Octagon for the first time in only his third pro bout, Frank Mir has been a staple of the UFC’s Heavyweight division since 2001. After winning the Heavyweight title from Tim Sylvia in 2004, Mir was sidelined for 20 months by a near career-ending motorcycle accident. His return to the sport is recognized as one of the greatest comebacks in UFC history, with Mir managing to fight his way back to become the division’s interim champion in 2008. An impressive ground game has helped Mir secure devastating submission wins over, Sylvia, Brock Lesnar, Cheick Kongo and Minotauro Nogueira.

Jose Aldo

  • Nickname: Junior
  • Current Record: 24-1-0
  • From: Manaus, Brazil
  • Fights Out Of: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Age: 27
  • Height: Height: 5’7” (170 cm)
  • Weight: 145 lbs (65 kg)
  • Strengths: Very Strong Ground Game, Knockout Power, Stamina

Jose Aldo became the UFC’s inaugural Featherweight champion on Nov. 20, 2010 and hasn’t let the title go since. Following his first UFC title defense against Mark Hominick, the former WEC champ hasn’t looked back, defending it five times against some of the division’s top talent, including Kenny Florian, Chad Mendes and Frankie Edgar. Considered one of MMA best pound-for-pound fighters, Aldo is an adept finisher with 15 of his 23 career wins coming by way of knockout.

Ricardo Lamas

  • Nickname: The Bully
  • Current Record: 13-3-0
  • From: Chicago, IL, USA
  • Fights Out Of: Chicago, IL, USA
  • Age: 31
  • Height: 5’8” (172 cm)
  • Weight: 145 lbs (65 kg)
  • Strengths: Explosiveness, Power

Since making his professional debut in 2008, Ricardo Lamas has been hard at work cementing his status as a fighter to watch out for in the Featherweight division. After racking up a 4-2 record in the WEC, Lamas transitioned into the UFC in 2011, scoring a first-round TKO win over Matt Grice in his debut. The Bully would go on to log a Submission of the Night performance against Cub Swanson at UFC on Fox: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos and went undefeated in his first four UFC bouts.

Cung Le

  • Nickname: NA
  • Record: 9-2-0
  • From: Saigon, Vietnam
  • Fights Out Of: San Jose, CA, USA
  • Age: 41
  • Height: 5’10” (177 cm)
  • Weight: Weight: 185 lbs (84 kg)
  • Strengths: Striking, Takedowns

A gifted striker possessing some of the most powerful kicks in his division, Cung Le stepped onto the pro MMA stage for the first time in 2006. After debuting with Strikeforce, building a record of 7-1 and briefly holding their Middleweight title, Le made the jump to the UFC in 2011 likening his contract with the company to getting his black belt in MMA. The Taekwondo black belt, most recently scored an impressive KO victory over Rich Franklin and is currently the Mentor and Chief Coach of The Ultimate Fighter: China.

Joe Lauzon

  • Nickname: J-Lau
  • Record: 23-10-0
  • From: Brockton, MA, USA
  • Fights Out Of: Bridgewater, MA, USA
  • Age: 29
  • Height: 5’10” (177 cm)
  • Weight: 155 lbs (70 kg)
  • Strengths: Submissions

A true MMA veteran, Joe Lauzon has 33 professional fights to his name despite being only 29 years old. A submission specialist, Lauzon is known for his tendency to be involved in exciting bouts, win or lose, and holds the distinction of currently being tied with Anderson Silva as the all-time UFC Fight Bonus leader with 12 awards. After suffering back to back losses for the first time in his prolific career against Jim Miller and Michael Johnson, Lauzon wasted no time getting back to his winning ways, closing out 2013 with a victory over Mac Danzig.

Mike Easton

  • Nickname: The Hulk
  • Current Record: 13-4-0
  • From: Washington, DC, USA
  • Fights Out Of: Camp Springs, MD, USA
  • Age: 29
  • Height: 5’6” (167 cm)
  • Weight: 135 lbs (61 kg)
  • Strengths: Unbelievable standup, excellent on the ground

Bantamweight brawler, Mike “The Hulk” Easton began his professional MMA career in 2003 at the age of 20. Following an eight fight winning streak that saw him capture and defend the Ultimate Warrior Challenge’s Bantamweight title. Easton made his UFC debut on October 1, 2011, scoring a TKO win over Byron Bloodworth. He was also notably awarded Fight of the Night honors for his April 6, 2013 split-decision loss to Brad Pickett.

Donald Cerrone:

  • Nickname: Cowboy
  • Current Record: 22-6-0, 1NC
  • From: Denver, CO, USA
  • Fights Out Of: Albuquerque, NM, USA
  • Age: 30
  • Height: 6’0” (182 cm)
  • Weight: 155 lbs (70 kg)
  • Strengths: Striking, Submissions, Muay Thai

Arriving in the UFC by way of the WEC in 2011, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone is as well known for his victories inside the Octagon as he is for the trademark hat he sports on his walks out to it. Formerly a bull rider prior to beginning his career in MMA, Cerrone holds wins in 10 of his last 15 professional bouts and has displayed an affinity for finishing fights on the ground, with 14 of his 21 career wins coming via submission.

Erik Perez:

  • Nickname: Goyito
  • Current Record: 13-5-0
  • From: Monterrey, Mexico
  • Fights Out Of: Albuquerque, NM, USA
  • Age: 23
  • Height: 5’8” (172 cm)
  • Weight: 135 lbs (61 kg)
  • Strengths: Striking

A striker at his core, Erik “Goyito” Perez holds the distinction of recording the fastest knockout in UFC/WEC Bantamweight history when he KOed Ken Stone in 17 seconds at UFC 150 in 2012. Prior to dropping a tight split decision to Takeya Mizugaki in 2013, Perez was riding an impressive eight fight win-streak which he’ll be looking to start up again as soon as possible.

 

Chuck Liddell

  • Nickname: The Iceman
  • Record: 21-8-0
  • From: Santa Barbara, CA, USA
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 6’2” (187 cm)
  • Weight: 205 lbs (93 kg)
  • Strengths: Excellent Striker, Well-Rounded Grappler

The epitome of a UFC “Hall of famer”, Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell utilized his seek-and-destroy style of stand-up to rack up the second most career knockouts in UFC history, behind only Anderson Silva. Liddell held the Light Heavyweight title from April 2005 to May 2007 and is largely considered to be the top fighter of all time for his weight class. He also boasts one of the most memorable knockout celebrations in UFC history.

Forrest Griffin

  • Nickname: NA
  • Record: 19-7-0
  • From: Columbus, Ohio, USA
  • Fights Out Of: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
  • Age: 34
  • Height: 6’3” (190 cm)
  • Weight: 205 lbs (93 kg)
  • Strengths: Well rounded, Good Grappling Skills, Heart

Looking back at his MMA career, it’s not hard to see why Forrest Griffin has been a longtime favorite of UFC fans around the world. A cast member on the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter, Griffin’s televised season-finale bout against Stephen Bonnar became an instant classic, and is widely credited with putting the UFC on the mainstream map in North America. Never short on heart, Griffin went on to become a veteran of the Octagon, capturing the Light Heavyweight champion in 2008.

 

Chan Sung Jung

  • Nickname: The Korean Zombie
  • Current Record: 13-4-0
  • From: Po-Hang, South Korea
  • Fights Out Of: Seoul, South Korea
  • Age: 26
  • Height: 5’7” (170 cm)
  • Weight: 145 lbs (65 kg)
  • Strengths: Punching Power, Granite Jaw, Aggressiveness

One of the most popular fighters hitting the canvas for the UFC in recent years, Chan Sung Jung also boasts one of the best nicknames in the game – and a has a style to match. Known for his unrelenting pressure, the “Zombie” never stops coming. Combine that with an incredible ability to absorb damage and it’s easy to see why Jung’s fights are often memorable wars. After winning Fight of the Year honors against Leonard Garcia in 2010, he became the first fighter in UFC history to submit someone with a Twister when he bested Garcia in their 2011 rematch.

Costas Philippou

  • Nickname: NA
  • Current Record: 12-4-0, 1NC
  • From: Limassol, Cyprus
  • Fights Out Of: Long Island, NY, USA
  • Age: 34
  • Height: 5’11” (180 cm)
  • Weight: 185 lbs (84 kg)
  • Strengths: Striking

A constant threat in the UFC’s Middleweight division, Costas Philippou has been hard at work making a name for himself in MMA since taking his first pro bout in 2008. A highly-skilled striker and former professional boxer, the hard-hitting Cyprus native packs enough power to end any of his fights by knockout, and boasts six wins by KO in his MMA career. With another win-streak, Philippou stands to establish himself as a true contender in his division.

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